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ESLAB 2013 - The Universe as seen by Planck: An international conference dedicated to an in-depth look at the initial scientific results from the Planck mission. ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2-5 April 2013. For more information, please visit http://congrexprojects.com/13a11. The ESLAB presentations are available online here.
Planck 2013 results: The scientific findings of the mission are presented in a series of papers based on data from the first 15.5 months of Planck operations. Click to access the Planck 2013 results papers.
Planck intermediate results: The study of peculiar motions by searching for evidence of the kinetic Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect is presented in a recent paper by the Planck Collaboration.
Planck intermediate results: An analysis of the diffuse low-frequency Galactic components in the Southern part of the Gould Belt system is presented in a recent paper by the Planck Collaboration.
Planck was selected as the third Medium-Sized Mission (M3) of ESA's Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme, and is today part of its Cosmic Vision Programme. It is designed to image the anisotropies of the Cosmic Background Radiation Field over the whole sky, with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution. Planck will provide a major source of information relevant to several cosmological and astrophysical issues, such as testing theories of the early universe and the origin of cosmic structure. The scientific development of the mission is directed by the Planck Science Team.
Planck was formerly called COBRAS/SAMBA. After the mission was selected and approved (in late 1996), it was renamed in honor of the German scientist Max Planck (1858-1947), Nobel Prize for Physics in 1918.
The High Frequency Instrument (HFI) on ESA’s Planck mission has completed its survey of the remnant light from the Big Bang. The sensor ran out of coolant on January 14 2012 as expected, ending its ability to detect this faint energy. Planck was launched in May 2009, and the minimum requirement for success was for the spacecraft to complete two whole surveys of the sky. In the end, Planck worked perfectly for 30 months, about twice the span originally required, and completed five full-sky surveys with both instruments. Able to work at slightly higher temperatures than HFI, the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) will continue surveying the sky for a large part of 2013, providing even more data to improve the Planck final results. Read full story. The mission status is available via the menu at left.
A complete science case for Planck, often referred to as the "Bluebook", is available for download here.
A complete list of Planck publications is freely available. Click to access Planck publications.
More information on Planck may be accessed via the links to the left and right (some of the links are restricted).
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