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Proposal Information for 2003B-0253


PI: Harding E. Smith, Univ. Calif. San Diego, hsmith@ipac.caltech.edu
Address: Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0424, USA

CoI: Carol J. Lonsdale, IPAC/Caltech
CoI: Brian Siana, Univ. Calif. San Diego
CoI: Michael Rowan-Robinson, Imperial College, London
CoI: Duncan Farrah, IPAC/Caltech
CoI: Glenn Morrison, IPAC/Caltech
CoI: SWIRE Team, IPAC/Caltech

Title: Rare Objects and Photometric Redshifts in the SWIRE Legacy Survey

Abstract: The \bf SIRTF \bf Wide-area \bf Infra\bf Red \bf Extragalactic Survey (SWIRE) will survey 7 high-latitude fields, totaling 65 square degrees, in all 7 SIRTF 3-160(micron) imaging bands, discovering over 2\times10^6 Luminous Infrared Galaxies, early-type galaxies, and AGN, to determine the evolution of these populations in the context of cosmic structure formation and environment. These new large ``Cosmic Windows'', which have been carefully selected to minimize cirrus emission & X-ray-optical extinction over their \it entire area, will also have complete coverage by the GALEX deep survey & Herschel/SPIRE, making their scientific potential unique. Here we propose completion of the important optical imaging campaign of the SWIRE CDF-S and Lockman Hole fields. The goals are to identify rare objects, measure the evolution of clustering and bias on large size scales, provide photometric redshifts, and provide a non-proprietary Legacy catalog for future surveys at all wavelengths.


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