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The SDSS-IV extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: Quasar Target Selection

Myers, Adam D. and Kulkarni, Shrinivas R. and Miller, Adam A. and Laher, Russ and Surace, Jason and Levitan, David (2015) The SDSS-IV extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: Quasar Target Selection. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 221 (2). Art. No. 27. ISSN 0067-0049.

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As part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) IV the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) will improve measurements of the cosmological distance scale by applying the Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) method to quasar samples. eBOSS will adopt two approaches to target quasars over 7500 deg^2. First, a "CORE" quasar sample will combine the optical selection in ugriz using a likelihood-based routine called XDQSOz, with a mid-IR-optical color cut. eBOSS CORE selection (to g < 22 or r < 22) should return ~70 deg^(−2) quasars at redshifts 0.9 < z < 2.2 and ~7 deg^(−2)z > 2.1 quasars. Second, a selection based on variability in multi-epoch imaging from the Palomar Transient Factory should recover an additional ~3–4 deg^(−2)z > 2.1 quasars to g < 22.5. A linear model of how imaging systematics affect target density recovers the angular distribution of eBOSS CORE quasars over 96.7% (76.7%) of the SDSS north (south) Galactic Cap area. The eBOSS CORE quasar sample should thus be sufficiently dense and homogeneous over 0.9 < z < 2.2 to yield the first few-percent-level BAO constraint near z bar ~ 1.5. eBOSS quasars at z > 2.1 will be used to improve BAO measurements in the Lyα Forest. Beyond its key cosmological goals, eBOSS should be the next-generation quasar survey, comprising >500,000 new quasars and >500,000 uniformly selected spectroscopically confirmed 0.9 < z < 2.2 quasars. At the conclusion of eBOSS, the SDSS will have provided unique spectra for more than 800,000 quasars.

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Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.0000-0001-5390-8563
Miller, Adam A.0000-0001-9515-478X
Laher, Russ0000-0003-2451-5482
Surace, Jason0000-0001-7291-0087
Additional Information:© 2015 American Astronomical Society. Received 2015 August 19; accepted 2015 October 29; published 2015 December 2. We are grateful for insightful discussions about quasar selection statistics with Joe Hennawi, David Hogg, and Gordon Richards. A.D.M. acknowledges a generous research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie and was supported in part by NASA-ADAP awards NNX12AI49G and NNX12AE38G and by NSF awards 1211112 and 1515404. J.P.K. acknowledges support from the ERC advanced grant LIDA. This paper includes targets derived from the images of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This paper represents an effort by both the SDSS-III and SDSS-IV collaborations. Funding for SDSS-III was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Funding for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Participating Institutions. SDSS-IV acknowledges support and resources from the Center for High-Performance Computing at the University of Utah. The SDSS web site is SDSS-IV is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS Collaboration, including the Brazilian Participation Group, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Mellon University, the Chilean Participation Group, the French Participation Group, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Instituto de Astrofi´sica de Canarias, The Johns Hopkins University, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the universe (IPMU)/University of Tokyo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA Heidelberg), Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA Garching), Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), National Astronomical Observatory of China, New Mexico State University, New York University, University of Notre Dame, Observatário Nacional/MCTI, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, United Kingdom Participation Group, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Portsmouth, University of Utah, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.
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European Research Council (ERC)LIDA
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Alexander von Humboldt FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Department of Energy (DOE)UNSPECIFIED
University of UtahUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:catalogs, cosmology: observations, galaxies: distances and redshifts, galaxies: photometry, methods: data analysis, quasars: general
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