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Proposal Information for 2012B-0427


PI: Ivana Damjanov, Harvard University, idamjanov@cfa.harvard.edu
Address: Harvard-Smithsonisan Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., MS-20, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

CoI: Roberto G. Abraham, University of Toronto
CoI: Karl Glazebrook, Swinburne University of Technology
CoI: Jarle Brinchmann, Sterrewacht Leiden
CoI: Patrick J. McCarthy, Carnegie Institution of Washington
CoI: Erin Mentuch, University of Texas at Austin
CoI: Andrew Green, Australian Astronomical Observatory
CoI: Peter J. McGregor, Australian National University
CoI: Gregory Poole, Swinburne University of Technology

Title: The Adaptive Optics Deep Field

Abstract: We request 15h of deep uzY DECam imaging to obtain a sample of thousands of high-redshift galaxies suitable for adaptive optics (AO)- based spectroscopic followup. In synergy with already obtained data in visible and near-IR bands these observations will be used to obtain photometric redshifts and galaxy parameters (stellar mass, age, extinction, star-formation rate) within the `Adaptive Optics Deep Field' (AODF), an area of the sky we have identified at low galactic latitude in a window of low extinction. The co-investigators on this proposal will use these data to embark on independent AO campaigns with Gemini and Keck to probe the kinematical structure and resolved chemical properties of a mass-limited sample of star-forming galaxies at 1<z<2.5 (the peak epoch for galaxy building). Our over-riding goal is to define a generally useful, publicly available, mass-limited galaxy sample of thousands of AO-friendly extragalactic targets out to z~2.5. The unique properties of the AODF will allow extragalactic observations using next-generation AO systems (such as Gemini's GeMS) to be 20-50 times more efficient than observations in existing deep extragalactic fields.


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