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Program Information for 2019A-0337


PI: David E Trilling, Northern Arizona U., david.trilling@nau.edu
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, PO Box 6010, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA

CoI: David Gerdes, U. of Michigan
CoI: Chadwick Trujillo, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: Cesar Fuentes, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Hilke Schlichting, UCLA
CoI: Andrew McNeill, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: M Juric, U. of Washington
CoI: Matthew J Holman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Hsing-Wen Lin, U. of Michigan
CoI: Larissa Markwardt, U. of Michigan
CoI: Michael Mommert, Lowell Observatory
CoI: William Oldroyd, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: Matt Payne, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Darin Ragozzine, Brigham Young U.
CoI: Andrew Rivkin, Johns Hopkins U.
CoI: Meg Schwamb, Gemini Observatory
CoI: Scott Sheppard, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Title: The Deep DECam Outer Solar System Survey (DDOSSS)

Abstract: We propose to carry out the Deep DECam Outer Solar System Survey (DDOSSS) to measure the size distribution and physical properties of 5000~Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) down to VR=27. This survey will increase the total number of multi-opposition KBOs by more than a factor of three. We will measure the size distribution, colors, and shape distribution of KBOs as a function of dynamical class. Our data set will also allow us to measure the colors, size distribution, and shape distribution of main belt asteroids, and enable a rich array of other science investigations. Our results will help elucidate the composition and structure of the outer Solar System and the origin of our planetary system. Our team has world-class expertise in all the technical and scientific areas of this project. Our observing planning, data processing, and project management tasks are all well-defined and well- honed, and this project will produce at least ten primary science papers.

Program Type: Survey

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2019A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 8.5n on Apr 01 - Apr 03 2019, May 04 - May 07 2019, Jun 01 - Jun 03 2019, Jul 06 - Jul 08 2019


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