The Herschel Lensing Survey (HLS) : Overview Article - Juillet 2010

E. Egami, M. Rex, T. D. Rawle, P. G. Pérez-González, J. Richard, J.-P. Kneib, D. Schaerer, B. Altieri, I. Valtchanov, A. W. Blain, D. Fadda, M. Zemcov, J. J. Bock, F. Boone, C. R. Bridge, B. Clement, F. Combes, M. Dessauges-Zavadsky, C. D. Dowell, O. Ilbert, R. J. Ivison, M. Jauzac, D. Lutz, L. Metcalfe, A. Omont, R. Pelló, M. J. Pereira, G. H. Rieke, G. Rodighiero, I. Smail, G. P. Smith, G. Tramoy, G. L. Walth, P. van der Werf, M. W. Werner

E. Egami, M. Rex, T. D. Rawle, P. G. Pérez-González, J. Richard, J.-P. Kneib, D. Schaerer, B. Altieri, I. Valtchanov, A. W. Blain, D. Fadda, M. Zemcov, J. J. Bock, F. Boone, C. R. Bridge, B. Clement, F. Combes, M. Dessauges-Zavadsky, C. D. Dowell, O. Ilbert, R. J. Ivison, M. Jauzac, D. Lutz, L. Metcalfe, A. Omont, R. Pelló, M. J. Pereira, G. H. Rieke, G. Rodighiero, I. Smail, G. P. Smith, G. Tramoy, G. L. Walth, P. van der Werf, M. W. Werner, « The Herschel Lensing Survey (HLS) : Overview  », Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, juillet 2010, L12. ISSN 0004-6361

Abstract

The Herschel Lensing Survey (HLS) will conduct deep PACS and SPIRE imaging of 40 massive clusters of galaxies. The strong gravitational lensing power of these clusters will enable us to penetrate through the confusion noise, which sets the ultimate limit on our ability to probe the Universe with Herschel. Here we present an overview of our survey and a summary of the major results from our science demonstration phase (SDP) observations of the Bullet cluster (z = 0.297). The SDP data are rich and allow us to study not only the background high-redshift galaxies (e.g., strongly lensed and distorted galaxies at z = 2.8 and 3.2) but also the properties of cluster-member galaxies. Our preliminary analysis shows a great diversity of far-infrared/submillimeter spectral energy distributions (SEDs), indicating that we have much to learn with Herschel about the properties of galaxy SEDs. We have also detected the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) effect increment with the SPIRE data. The success of this SDP program demonstrates the great potential of the Herschel Lensing Survey to produce exciting results in a variety of science areas. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. Data presented in this paper were analyzed using "The Herschel interactive processing environment (HIPE)", a joint development by the Herschel Science Ground Segment Consortium, consisting of ESA, the NASA Herschel Science Center, and the HIFI, PACS and SPIRE consortia.Appendix is only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

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