A Definitive Study of Cosmic
Dust in the Local Universe

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DustPedia is a project funded by the EU under the heading ‘Exploitation of space science and exploration data’. It is a collaboration of six European institutes with a primary goal of exploiting existing data in the Herschel Space Observatory and Planck Telescope databases. This data will be combined with other available data from both ground based and space based telescopes to make the most extensive and intensive study of galaxies in the nearby Universe.


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SED Fitting

Measure the complete UV-mm/radio spectral energy distribution (SEDs) for a large number (> 1000) of galaxies, and for different environments within individual galaxies.

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Radiative Transfer Modelling

Interpret the galaxy SEDs using radiative transfer and full SED models, to derive stellar, gas and dust properties, star formation rates and histories as a function of morphological type.

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Dust Evolution

Determine how the dust NIR-mm/radio SED evolves throughout the Universe and how this is related to the underlying dust properties?

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A Global Dust Model

Develop a dust evolution model that is consistent with the SEDs of galaxies of different morphological types and determine the primary sources and sinks for cosmic dust.

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Cosmological Implications

Derive dust mass functions to the lowest-possible luminosities and masses and to compare these with cosmological surveys and the cosmic far infrared background.