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Proposal Information for 2013A-0526


PI: Lori Allen, NOAO North, lallen@noao.edu
Address: 950 N Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

CoI: David Trilling, Northern Arizona University
CoI: Frank Valdes, NOAO
CoI: Tim Axelrod, LSST
CoI: Mark Trueblood, Winer Observatory
CoI: David James, NOAO South
CoI: Eric Christensen, LPL
CoI: Steve Larson, LPL
CoI: Alex Gibbs, LPL
CoI: Mike Brown, Caltech

Title: DECam NEO Search

Abstract: We propose a near-earth asteroid search with the Dark Energy Camera. The combination of DECam's large field of view and the Blanco's aperture yields an etendue that is unprecedented among previous and ongoing NEO searches. In the 4 nights requested here, we expect to detect up to 200 objects, 80% of which are fainter than the faintest NEOs detected by existing surveys. We will soon have DECam Science Verification and 2012B shared risk data in hand, as well as substantial code development, making us well prepared for a four-night survey. If awarded, the time will also be used to test observing strategies and data pipeline performance in preparation for a larger NEO Survey in 2014.


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