Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH)
An Innovative Survey to Place New Constraints on the Fundamental Components of the Cosmos using the Hubble Space Telescope
By observing 25 massive galaxy clusters with HST's new panchromatic imaging capabilities (Wide-field Camera 3, WFC3, and the Advanced Camera for Surveys, ACS), CLASH will accomplish its four primary science goals:
Map, with unprecedented accuracy, the distribution of dark matter in galaxy clusters using strong and weak gravitational lensing;
Detect Type Ia supernovae out to redshift z ~ 2, allowing us to test the constancy of dark energy's repulsive force over time and look for any evolutionary effects in the supernovae themselves;
Detect and characterize some of the most distant galaxies yet discovered at z > 7 (when the Universe was younger than 800 million years old - or less than 6% of its current age);
Study the internal structure and evolution of the galaxies in and behind these clusters.
Abell 383. Credit: CLASH Science Team
The CLASH Multi-Cycle Treasury program (12065 PI: Marc Postman) will observe these 25 clusters over a 3 year period. The team has been awarded a total of 524 orbits of time on HST to conduct this program.
For more information see the CLASH website at http://www-int.stsci.edu/~postman/CLASH/Home.html.
This table lists the clusters that have been released by the CLASH team. The first version of the data will be released approximate 2 months after the last data are taken for a cluster. A second version will be released about 6 months after the last observation of the cluster. Note that at this time, all HST observational data have been released (30-mas and 65-mas scale data).
Note that the Merten and Zitrin models for MACSJ0416-24, MACSJ0717+37, MACSJ1149+22, and RXJ2248-4431 (a.k.a. Abell S1063) were delivered as part of the Frontier Fields program. Their file contents are identical to the Frontier Field versions, but have had their file names and headers updated to change "frontier" to "clash".
Items that are crossed-out in the table below have not yet been released.
* These data are also available via anonymous ftp:
† No multiply-lensed images of any background galaxies have been identified in this cluster. The lack of such lensed galaxies means that strong-lensing models cannot be constrained. Weak lensing mass maps for this cluster may be released at some point but no strong lensing based models are planned to be released for this cluster.