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Searching galaxy clusters with AMICO

Galaxy cluster IDCS J1426 is located 10 billion light-years from Earth. AMICO allows to detect much fainter structures in photometric surveys. (Souce: ESA/Hubble)

Clusters of galaxies are very interesting objects on their own and are of fundamental importance to achieve a better understanding of dark matter and dark energy: the two biggest unknowns in our understanding of the universe. The new code AMICO, Adaptive Matched Identifier of Clustered Objects, allows an efficient detection and first characterization of these structures in wide field surveys. Matteo Maturo (ZAH/ITA) is one of the scientists who participated in its development AMICO has won a competition to select the algorithm to be implemented in the official pipeline of the ESA space mission Euclid. This mission is going to be lunched in 2021.


Fabio Bellagamba, Mauro Roncarelli, Matteo Maturi and Lauro Moscardini: AMICO: optimised detection of galaxy clusters in photometric surveys, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stx2701

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