The Dark Universe Explorer (DUNE) mission is a wide-field space imager which will make a full sky map of large scale structure. DUNE will place definite constraints on dark energy through its effect on the distribution of matter in the Universe.
Recent cosmological measurements have revealed that the expansion of the Universe is undergoing acceleration. This phenomenon, referred to as ‘Dark Energy’, poses one of the most pressing questions in fundamental physics. The Megacam instrument built by DAPNIA has been used over the last few years to derive some of the strongest constraints on this mysterious component. A probe of strong potential to elucidate the nature of dark energy is now the observation of SZ-Clusters, in which DAPNIA is committed through the Olimpo Balloon and the Planck satellite that will fly in 2008. In the longer term, DAPNIA has a leading role in two future experiments focussing on the nature of dark energy: HSHS, a radio interferometer, and DUNE, a space mission recently proposed to ESA.
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A space telescope for the study of the Dark Universe
DUNE A space telescope for the study of the Dark Universe The purpose of the DUNE mission (acronym for "Dark UNiverse Explorer") is to shed ... More »
The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey - known as Boss - delivered its first data during the night of 14-15 September. This experiment, devoted to the search for baryon oscillations, heralds the start of a new era of research into dark ... More »
A research team has just published the most precise measurement ever of the rate of gravitational collapse supernovae observed in the Universe 3.7 billion years ago
The Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) team at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope facility has just obtained the world's best measurement of the explosion rate of massive stars when the Universe was only 10 billion years old. A research team ... More »
National press release 15.09.10
The Planck satellite has just discovered a supercluster of galaxies thanks to its imprint on fossil radiation—witness to the first moments in the life of the Universe. This is a first for the satellite, which also revealed new ... More »
High resolution mapping of the first light in the Universe
Following its launch on 14 May 2009, the Planck satellite  has been continually observing the celestial vault and has mapped the entire sky since 13 August to obtain the first very high resolution image of the dawn of the universe. The Planck ... More »
Supernovae will no longer escape from physicists!
The SNLS collaboration (Supernova Legacy Survey, at the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope) has just published a new method which allows the determination of the recession velocity of supernovae, those "standard candles" which have appeared in the ... More »