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Proposal Information for 2002A-0270


PI: Patrick McCarthy, Carnegie Observatories, pmc2@ociw.edu
Address: 813 Santa Barbara St., Pasadena, CA 91101, USA

CoI: Karl Glazebrook, Johns Hopkins
CoI: Roberto Abraham, U. of Toronto
CoI: Raymond Carlberg, U. of Toronto
CoI: David Crampton, DAO
CoI: Hsiao-Wen Chen, Carnegie Observatories
CoI: Ronald Marzke, San Francisco State University

Title: The Gemini Deep Deep Survey

Abstract: We propose to carry out a redshift survey in the 1 < z < 2 range to unprecedented depths by bringing a new capability to GMOS. We will use these data to determine the mass function of galaxies at the peak epoch of galaxy assembly. A 1 magnitude gain in sensitivity and \times 2 gain in multiplexing for GMOS will be enabled by the addition of a ``nod & shuffle'' micro-slit spectroscopic mode. Our survey will yield high spectroscopic completeness to I=24.5 with GMOS and I=23.5 with MARS, and will lead to true volume-limited samples of galaxies in the hitherto poorly explored redshift range 0.8 < z < 2.5. We will probe below M^\star at z=2 and 2 magnitudes below M^\star at z=0.8. Our program will increase the number of spectroscopically confirmed galaxies in the redshift range 1.3 < z < 2.3 by a factor of ten and improve the empirical luminosity functions in the 0.7 < z < 1 range by a factor of 3 - 5. Our 8-color optical/IR photometric redshift preselection allows the first survey of any kind at interesting redshifts that is truly mass, rather than star-formation rate, limited. This program will not only aid in the development of MARS through the use of shared risk observing time, it will also bring a powerful new capability to Gemini. We will make all of our spectra public to assist others in preparing observing programs with GMOS and MARS.


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