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Paper: The Carnegie Supernova Project
Volume: 339, Observing Dark Energy
Page: 50
Authors: Freedman, W.L.; Carnegie Supernova Project, the
Abstract: The Carnegie Supernova Project (CSP) is aimed at providing an independent estimate of the dark energy contribution to the total energy content of the Universe. Using type Ia supernovae (SNIa), the CSP differs from other projects to date in its goal of providing an I-band restframe Hubble diagram. The CSP is focused on testing for and reducing systematic uncertainties, obtaining a sample of multiwavelength observations of approximately 200 supernovae over the redshift range 0 < z < 0.6. The UBV RIY JHKs data for low-redshift supernova are intended to provide a database for the determination of the Hubble constant, accurate K- and S-corrections, comparison with theoretical models of supernovae, and for comparison with the RIY J data of high-redshift supernovae. The goal is to measure the evolution of the expansion rate, characterize the acceleration of the Universe, and constrain the equation of state, w, to a precision and accuracy of 10%. We are also exploring the use of Type II SNae as independent distance indicators. Following an ongoing initial test period, the project will begin during the fall of 2004. Here, an overview of the project is given, and some preliminary results from the pilot program are presented.
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