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Cosmology with voids and superclusters: combining theory, simulation and observation

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30


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 Project objective

The aim of this cosmology proposal is to study the contents, history and evolution of our Universe, using the distribution of matter on large scales. I propose to study new methods to identify and catalogue rare voids and superclusters in the large-scale structure of the Universe and to study their statistical, morphological and dynamical properties. I will use these studies to propose new observables and new techniques of data analysis based on these structures, and to use this knowledge to test theories of gravitation, dark energy and the initial conditions of the early Universe. Interest in cosmic voids in particular has increased greatly in recent years, as they have been suggested as extremely competitive probes of cosmology, according to some estimates significantly out-performing other methods. Yet there remain unsolved theoretical difficulties in the modelling of voids and even a lack of consensus on how to identify them and how to relate theory and observation. Even less is currently known about superclusters. These are among the important issues I propose to address. My proposal consists in roughly equal parts of: analysis of the latest high-quality survey data which will available from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Dark Energy Survey (DES); analysis of the state-of-the-art Jubilee ISW and weak lensing simulations run on the Juropa supercomputer in Germany; and theoretical work to combine insights from data and simulation to improve our understanding of cosmology. The proposed work is to be carried out in collaboration with leading experts in the respective fields from across the European Community, in particular in the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Philip Bull, Yashar Akrami, Julian Adamek, Tessa Baker, Emilio Bellini, Jose Beltrán Jiménez, Eloisa Bentivegna, Stefano Camera, Sébastien Clesse, Jonathan H. Davis, Enea Di Dio, Jonas Enander, Alan Heavens, Lavinia Heisenberg, Bin Hu, Claudio Llinares, Roy Maartens, Edvard Mörtsell, Seshadri Nadathur, Johannes Noller, Roman Pasechnik, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Thiago S. Pereira, Miguel Quartin, An
published pages: 56-99, ISSN: 2212-6864, DOI: 10.1016/j.dark.2016.02.001
Physics of the Dark Universe 12 2019-07-04
2017 Seshadri Nadathur, Shaun Hotchkiss, Robert Crittenden
Tracing the gravitational potential using cosmic voids
published pages: 4067-4079, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx336
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 467/4 2019-06-18
2016 Seshadri Nadathur, Robert Crittenden
published pages: L19, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8205/830/1/L19
The Astrophysical Journal 830/1 2019-06-18
2016 A. Kovács, C. Sánchez, J. García-Bellido, S. Nadathur, R. Crittenden, D. Gruen, D. Huterer, D. Bacon, J. Clampitt, J. DeRose, S. Dodelson, E. Gaztañaga, B. Jain, D. Kirk, O. Lahav, R. Miquel, K. Naidoo, J. A. Peacock, B. Soergel, L. Whiteway, F. B. Abdalla, S. Allam, J. Annis, A. Benoit-Lévy, E. Bertin, D. Brooks, E. Buckley-Geer, A. Carnero Rosell, M. Carrasco Kind, J. Carretero, C. E. Cunha, C. B. D\'Andrea, L. N. da Costa, D. L. DePoy, S. Desai, T. F. Eifler, D. A. Finley, B. Flaugher, P. Fosalba, J. Frieman, T. Giannantonio, D. A. Goldstein, R. A. Gruendl, G. Gutierrez, D. J. James, K. Kuehn, N. Kuropatkin, J. L. Marshall, P. Melchior, F. Menanteau, B. Nord, R. Ogando, A. A. Plazas, A. K. Romer, E. Sanchez, V. Scarpine, I. Sevilla-Noarbe, F. Sobreira, E. Suchyta, M. Swanson, G. Tarle, D. Thomas, A. R. Walker
Imprint of DES superstructures on the cosmic microwave background
published pages: 4166-4179, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw2968
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 465/4 2019-06-18
2016 Seshadri Nadathur
Testing cosmology with a catalogue of voids in the BOSS galaxy surveys
published pages: 358-370, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw1340
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 461/1 2019-06-18
2016 C. Sánchez, J. Clampitt, A. Kovacs, B. Jain, J. García-Bellido, S. Nadathur, D. Gruen, N. Hamaus, D. Huterer, P. Vielzeuf, A. Amara, C. Bonnett, J. DeRose, W. G. Hartley, M. Jarvis, O. Lahav, R. Miquel, E. Rozo, E. S. Rykoff, E. Sheldon, R. H. Wechsler, J. Zuntz, T. M. C. Abbott, F. B. Abdalla, J. Annis, A. Benoit-Lévy, G. M. Bernstein, R. A. Bernstein, E. Bertin, D. Brooks, E. Buckley-Geer, A. Carnero Rosell, M. Carrasco Kind, J. Carretero, M. Crocce, C. E. Cunha, C. B. D\'Andrea, L. N. da Costa, S. Desai, H. T. Diehl, J. P. Dietrich, P. Doel, A. E. Evrard, A. Fausti Neto, B. Flaugher, P. Fosalba, J. Frieman, E. Gaztanaga, R. A. Gruendl, G. Gutierrez, K. Honscheid, D. J. James, E. Krause, K. Kuehn, M. Lima, M. A. G. Maia, J. L. Marshall, P. Melchior, A. A. Plazas, K. Reil, A. K. Romer, E. Sanchez, M. Schubnell, I. Sevilla-Noarbe, R. C. Smith, M. Soares-Santos, F. Sobreira, E. Suchyta, G. Tarle, D. Thomas, A. R. Walker, J. Weller
Cosmic voids and void lensing in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification data
published pages: 746-759, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw2745
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 465/1 2019-06-18

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