The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument in a new multi-object spectrograph being built for the Mayall telescope, which will be able undertake a spectroscopic survey 20 times faster than the Sloan Telescope, used for the influential Sloan Digital Sky Survey. It will be used to create a galaxy survey containing 30 million galaxies forming an unprecedented large-scale structure survey, which will be cosmic variance limited out to redshift z<1.4. Percival is one of the working group chairs for this survey and a member of the DESI executive. Previously he led the UK contribution to this experiment, including managing the 5M (CAD) contribution from the UK government.
DESI Executive and Working Group Chair
Last updated: April 30, 2019