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Census of the Local Universe (CLU) Narrow-Band Survey I: Galaxy Catalogs from Preliminary Fields

Cook, David O. and Kasliwal, Mansi M. and Van Sistine, Angela and Kaplan, David L. and Sutter, Jessica S. and Kupfer, Thomas and Shupe, David L. and Laher, Russ R. and Masci, Frank J. and Dale, Daniel A. and Sesar, Branimir and Brady, Patrick R. and Yan, Lin and Ofek, Eran O. and Reitze, David H. and Kulkarni, Shrinivas R. (2017) Census of the Local Universe (CLU) Narrow-Band Survey I: Galaxy Catalogs from Preliminary Fields. . (Unpublished)

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We present the Census of the Local Universe (CLU) narrow-band survey to search for emission-line (Hα) galaxies. CLU-Hα has imaged ≈3π of the sky (26,470 deg^2) with 4 narrow-band filters that probe a distance out to 200 Mpc. We have obtained spectroscopic follow-up for galaxy candidates in 14 preliminary fields (101.6 deg^2) to characterize the limits and completeness of the survey. In these preliminary fields, CLU can identify emission lines down to an Hα flux limit of 10^(−14) erg s^(−1) cm^(−2) at 90\% completeness, and recovers 83% (67%) of the Hα flux from catalogued galaxies in our search volume at the Σ=2.5 (Σ=5) color excess levels. The contamination from galaxies with no emission lines is 61% (12%) for Σ=2.5 (Σ=5). Also, in the regions of overlap between our preliminary fields and previous emission-line surveys, we recover the majority of the galaxies found in previous surveys and identify an additional ≈300 galaxies. In total, we find 90 galaxies with no previous distance information, several of which are interesting objects: 7 blue compact dwarfs, 1 green pea, and a Seyfert galaxy; we also identified a known planetary nebula. These objects show that the CLU-Hα survey can be a discovery machine for objects in our own Galaxy and extreme galaxies out to intermediate redshifts. However, the majority of the CLU-Hα galaxies identified in this work show properties consistent with normal star-forming galaxies. CLU-Hα galaxies with new redshifts will be added to existing galaxy catalogs to focus the search for the electromagnetic counterpart to gravitational wave events.

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Cook, David O.0000-0002-6877-7655
Kasliwal, Mansi M.0000-0002-5619-4938
Van Sistine, Angela0000-0003-4131-173X
Kaplan, David L.0000-0001-6295-2881
Sutter, Jessica S.0000-0002-9183-8102
Kupfer, Thomas0000-0002-6540-1484
Shupe, David L.0000-0003-4401-0430
Laher, Russ R.0000-0003-2451-5482
Masci, Frank J.0000-0002-8532-9395
Dale, Daniel A.0000-0002-5782-9093
Sesar, Branimir0000-0002-0834-3978
Brady, Patrick R.0000-0002-4611-9387
Yan, Lin0000-0003-1710-9339
Ofek, Eran O.0000-0002-6786-8774
Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.0000-0001-5390-8563
Additional Information:We thank the anonymous referee for their rigorous and helpful feedback. This work was supported by the GROWTH (Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen) project funded by the National Science Foundation under PIRE Grant No 1545949. D. H. Reitze gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSF (award PHY-0757058). We thank Adam Miller for helpful comments. The Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory project is a scientific collaboration among the California Institute of Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the Oskar Klein Center, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the TANGO Program of the University System of Taiwan, and the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This publication makes use of data products from 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. The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys (PS1) and the PS1 public science archive have been made possible through contributions by the Institute for Astronomy, the University of Hawaii, the Pan-STARRS Project Office, the Max-Planck Society and its participating institutes, the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, The Johns Hopkins University, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the Queen’s University Belfast, the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Incorporated, the National Central University of Taiwan, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. NNX08AR22G issued through the Planetary Science Division of the NASA Science Mission Directorate, the National Science Foundation Grant No. AST-1238877, the University of Maryland, Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The SDSS-III web site is SDSS-III is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSSIII Collaboration including the University of Arizona, the Brazilian Participation Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Florida, the French Participation Group, the German Participation Group, Harvard University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Michigan State/Notre Dame/JINA Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, New Mexico State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the Spanish Participation Group, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University. Based on observations obtained at the Hale Telescope, Palomar Observatory as part of a continuing collaboration between the California Institute of Technology, NASA/JPL, Yale University, and the National Astronomical Observatories of China.
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