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Proposal Information for 2013A-0312


PI: Michael DiPompeo, University of Wyoming, mdipompe@uwyo.edu
Address: Physics Department, 1000 E University, Laramie, WY 82071, USA

CoI: List of 28 Co-Is is attached

Title: The KPNO Synergistic Sky Survey (KPNO-S^3) Pilot Program

Abstract: We propose a pilot program to demonstrate the technical feasibility and scientific utility of a future ~ 3000 deg^2 imaging survey with the MOSAIC camera (The KPNO Synergistic Sky Survey, KPNO-S^3). We aim to achieve depths of g=24.3, r=24, and i=23.3 in areas where SDSS spectroscopy exists. For this pilot run we will observe ~ 120 deg^2, covering two regions selected to improve and test the efficiency of extended-BOSS (eBOSS) target selection (the primary goal), as well as cover a large enough area to have its own scientific utility, particularly for the study of luminous red galaxies (LRGs). LRGs at higher redshift and fainter luminosities is a key science driver of next-generation surveys of LRGs, but little is known about the luminosity function or clustering of LRGs fainter than SDSS limits over large fields. The KPNO-S^3 survey will be a key component of the S^3 project, providing imaging from several telescopes: g, r, and i- band from the Mayall 4m (this proposal); a WIRO u-band survey (WIRO- S^3; u~23); and Pan-STARRS z (z~21.9). KPNO-S^3 will be the deepest component for many sources, anchoring the combined astrometry and photometry.


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