While we often picture astronomers as lone souls peering through a telescope, building, carrying out, and analyzing an ambitious survey such as DES requires a large, coordinated team. DES is an international project with over 400 scientists from 25 institutions in 7 countries, who have come together to carry out the survey. Our team of scientists comprises university faculty and researchers, laboratory and observatory staff scientists, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students. The support staff are also a critical part of the team: they make it possible for our scientists to travel to Chile to observe for the survey and to travel to conferences and collaboration meetings to discuss the latest results.
Science Working Groups
Our scientific efforts are organized into Science Working Groups, each of which is tasked with coordinating and leading analyses and projects that feed into the larger questions of cosmic acceleration and expansion as well as other science topics. The co-coordinators of the Working Groups make up the Science Committee, which coordinates the analysis across working groups. The Science working groups focus on the study of:
Strong Gravitational Lensing
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Transients and Moving Objects
Joshua Frieman (Fermilab and U. Chicago/KICP) is the Director and Spokesperson of the DES Project (succeeding John Peoples from FNAL). He leads the Project/Collaboration Office, which oversees all aspects of the Project and Collaboration. The Management Committee oversees collaboration affairs and oversees a number of committees:
Education and Public Outreach
Collaboration Meeting Steering Committee
The Executive Committee manages all aspects of the operation of the survey, from data management to camera operation to science computing. It focuses on:
Science Analysis Computing
We also collaborate with other scientists and projects to carry out joint studies including the VISTA Hemisphere Survey, the South Pole Telescope Survey, STRIDES, and others.
At each institution, a number of scientists share their knowledge of the cosmos and their perspectives on science with the general public. DES is committed to contributing to both our local communities and the global community.
The collaborating institutions and their countries or regions are listed below.
Fermilab — The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
United Kingdom DES Collaboration
- – University College London
- — University of Cambridge
- — University of Edinburgh
- — University of Portsmouth
- — University of Sussex
- — University of Nottingham
Spain DES Collaboration
- — Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio,
- — Institut de Fisica d’Altes Energies
- — Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas
Santa Cruz-SLAC-Stanford DES Consortium
- – University of California Santa Cruz
- – SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- – Stanford University
Who is funding this project?
Funding for the DES Project has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Science and Education of Spain, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos, Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico and the Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia and the Collaborating Institutions in the Dark Energy Survey.