DESI commissioning has raced forward this winter, and we have now demonstrated the key performance parameters of the instrument! Since installation of the instrument, refinement of the performance of the 8 square degree corrector, high-precision (10 micron) positioning of the fibers under active feedback, accurate calibration of the spectrographs, and on-sky commissioning of the whole […]
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI)
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will measure the effect of dark energy on the expansion of the universe. It will obtain optical spectra for tens of millions of galaxies and quasars, constructing a 3D map spanning the nearby universe to 11 billion light years.
The DESI Survey will be conducted on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory starting in 2019. DESI is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science to perform this Stage IV dark energy measurement using baryon acoustic oscillations and other techniques that rely on spectroscopic measurements.
Due to growing travel restrictions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the DESI2020 Collaboration Meeting, originally scheduled for March 9-12 in Tucson, AZ, was held completely remotely. The online format of the meeting was very successful and many important discussions centered on early data from commissioning and preparing for the upcoming Survey Validation. The picture […]
DESI Opens Its 5,000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos
– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 10/28/2019
Dark Energy Instrument’s Lenses See the Night Sky for the First Time
– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 4/3/2019
Topping Off a Telescope with New Tools to Explore Dark Energy
– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 12/4/2018
VIDEO: 5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3D
– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 10/17/2018