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 and Conveners
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, and their conveners, are:
Supernovae: Chris D’Andrea & Daniel Scolnic
Weak Lensing: Daniel Gruen & Niall MacCrann
Theory and Combined Probes: Tim Eifler & Dragan Huterer
Milky Way: Keith Bechtol & Ting Li
Strong Lensing: Simon Birrer & Brian Nord
Simulations: Pablo Fosalba & Risa Wechsler
Redshift: Tamara Davis, Huan Lin & Carles Sanchéz
Galaxy Evolution & QSO: Xin Liu, Will Hartley & Richard McMahon
Transients & Moving Objects: Julio Camargo & Marcelle Soares-Santos
Science Release: Keith Bechtol, Aurelio Carnero Rosell & Matias Carrasco-Kind
The Science Committee is coordinated by Scott Dodelson & Elisabeth Krause.
Analysis Team Leads
Cluster Galaxy Evolution Analysis: Antonella Palmese & Alfredo Zenteno
Cluster Weak Lensing Analysis: Tom McClintock & Peter Melchior
Galaxy-CMB cross-correlations: Eric Baxter
High Redshift Cluster Analysis: Matthias Klein
Cluster Cosmology: Yuanyuan Zhang & Matteo Costanzi
Galaxy-Shear Cross-Correlation: Judit Prat & Jack Elvin-Poole
Magnification: David Bacon & Jenna Freudenburg
Mass mapping: Ben Mawdsley & Chihway Chang
Milky Way Substructure: Keith Bechtol & Alex Drlica-Wagner
Small Scale Analysis: Bhuvnesh Jain & Joe DeRose
Y3 Analysis Coordinator: Michael Troxel
Primordial Non-gaussianity: Santiago Avila
Shear Pipeline Development: Mike Jarvis & Erin Sheldon
Shear Two-point Measurements: Niall McCrann & Lucas Secco
Shear Testing: Alex Amon & Marco Gatti
Voids: Andras Kovacs & Nico Hamaus
Weak Lensing Redshift Distributions: Carles Sanches & Alex Alarcon
Theory Extensions: Agnès Ferté & Jessie Muir
Richard Kron from the University of Chicago and Fermilab was appointed the new Director of the Dark Energy Survey in October 2018. 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:
Membership Committee: Eusebio Sanchez
External Collaborators: Paul Ricker
Speakers Bureau: Brenna Flaugher
Education and Public Outreach: Kathy Romer, Brian Nord, Rachel Wolf, Jessica May Hislop, Ross Cawthon, Christina Krawiec
Diversity & Inclusion: Brian Nord & David James
Collaboration Meeting Steering Committee: Adam Amara
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 Atacama Cosmology Telescope, 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.
DES welcomes new ideas for external collaboration – if you are interested, please contact one of the working group coordinators or analysis team leads listed above.
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
ETH-Zuerich —ETH Zurich – The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
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.