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Title: Investigating the Dark Matter Distribution with NGST

Authors: Peter Schneider (MPA, Garching), Jean-Paul Kneib (OMP, Toulouse)
Abstract: The developments summarized with the name ``weak gravitational lensing'' have led to exciting possibilities to study the (statistical properties of the) dark matter distribution in the Universe. Concentrating on those aspects which require deep wide-field imaging surveys, we describe the basic principles of weak lensing and discuss its future applications in view of NGST (a) to determine the statistical properties of the dark matter halos of individual galaxies, (b) to determine the mass and the mass profile of very low-mass clusters and groups at medium redshift and/or of more massive clusters at very high redshift, and (c) to measure the power spectrum of the matter distribution in the Universe in the non-linear regime, thereby also obtaining a mass-selected sample of halos and providing a means to investigate the scale- and redshift dependence of the bias `factor'.
Comments: To appear in ESA conference Proceedings of the "Workshop on the Next Generation of Space Telescope: Science Drivers & Technical Challenges" Liege, Belgium June 15-18, 1998
Subjects: Astrophysics (astro-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:astro-ph/9807091
  (or arXiv:astro-ph/9807091v1 for this version)

Submission history

From: Kneib Jean-Paul [view email]
[v1] Thu, 9 Jul 1998 10:14:21 GMT (428kb)