AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 100 Origins Probes
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[100.02] Hubble Origins Probe(HOP): Science Overview

C. Norman (JHU/STScI), L. Bianchi, H. Ford, T. Heckman, W. Moos (JHU), M. Giavalisco, A. Nota, A. Riess, K. Sahu, R. Somerville, M. Stiavelli (STScI), S. Baum (RIT), J. Crocker, R. Woodruff (Lockheed Martin), D. Ebbets (Ball), J. Green, M. Shull (U.Colorado), C. Steidel (Caltech), J. Silk (Oxford), J. Hutchings (NRC Can), S. Tsuneta (NAOJ), K. Freeman (ANU), R. Bacon (Lyon), T. de Zeeuw (Leiden)

The HOP core instruments COS and WFC3 as well as the additionally proposed Very Wide-Field Imager(VWFI) and Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS) allow us to study the redshift range z=0->3 where the majority of star and planet formation, heavy element production,black hole growth, and galaxy assembly took place. We will be able to study in detail the dark energy via SN Ia and the dark matter distribution using weak lensing. With a field of view (FOV) of greater 20 times the ACS FOV we can perform vast surveys of the universe in the range z=0->6. The COS UV spectrograph will study the cosmic web of baryons in the WHIM including its density and temperature. We expect to see thousands of planetary transits per year and, using microlensing, we also expect to detect earth-like planets. Using the IFS we will complete a major survey of black hole dynamics in the central regions of galaxies. We will also study the dynamics of assembly of massive galaxies at redshifts greater than unity. This study is supported in part by a NASA Origins Probes study grant NNG04GQ04G.

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