Astronomy Centre

Clusters

Cluster evolution studies are key to our ambition to use clusters as cosmological probes and to the understanding of structure formation. The XMM cluster survey (XCS, led by Kathy Romer) has produced the largest ever compilation of X-ray temperatures for a homogeneous cluster sample. We will exploit and extend XCS over the coming years, with a particular focus on synergies with the Dark Energy Survey (DES). We will be playing a significant role in the development, mass calibration, and exploitation (for cosmology) of the DES cluster samples.