OzDES multifibre spectroscopy for the Dark Energy Survey: first-year operation and results Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES) is a five-year, 100-night, spectroscopic survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope, whose primary aim is to measure redshifts of approximately 2500 Type Ia supernovae host galaxies over the redshift range 0.1 < z < 1.2, and derive reverberation-mapped black hole masses for approximately 500 active galactic nuclei and quasars over 0.3 < z < 4.5. This treasure trove of data forms a major part of the spectroscopic follow-up for the Dark Energy Survey for which we are also targeting cluster galaxies, radio galaxies, strong lenses, and unidentified transients, as well as measuring luminous red galaxies and emission line galaxies to help calibrate photometric redshifts. Here,we present an overview of the OzDES programme and our first-year results. Between 2012 December and 2013 December, we observed over 10 000 objects and measured more than 6 000 redshifts. Our strategy of retargeting faint objects across many observing runs has allowed us to measure redshifts for galaxies as faint as mr = 25 mag.We outline our target selection and observing strategy, quantify the redshift success rate for different types of targets, and discuss the implications for our main science goals. Finally, we highlight a few interesting objects as examples of the fortuitous yet not totally unexpected discoveries that can come from such a large spectroscopic survey.

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  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Yuan, F., Lidman, C., Davis, T. M., Childress, M., Abdalla, F. B., Banerji, M., ... Walker, A. R.

citation count

  • 76

complete list of authors

  • Yuan, Fang||Lidman, C||Davis, TM||Childress, M||Abdalla, FB||Banerji, M||Buckley-Geer, E||Carnero Rosell, A||Carollo, D||Castander, FJ||D'Andrea, CB||Diehl, HT||Cunha, CE||Foley, RJ||Frieman, J||Glazebrook, K||Gschwend, J||Hinton, S||Jouvel, S||Kessler, R||Kim, AG||King, AL||Kuehn, K||Kuhlmann, S||Lewis, GF||Lin, H||Martini, P||McMahon, RG||Mould, J||Nichol, RC||Norris, RP||O'Neill, CR||Ostrovski, F||Papadopoulos, A||Parkinson, D||Reed, S||Romer, AK||Rooney, PJ||Rozo, E||Rykoff, ES||Sako, M||Scalzo, R||Schmidt, BP||Scolnic, D||Seymour, N||Sharp, R||Sobreira, F||Sullivan, M||Thomas, RC||Tucker, D||Uddin, SA||Wechsler, RH||Wester, W||Wilcox, H||Zhang, B||Abbott, T||Allam, S||Bauer, AH||Benoit-Levy, A||Bertin, E||Brooks, D||Burke, DL||Kind, M Carrasco||Covarrubias, R||Crocce, M||da Costa, LN||DePoy, DL||Desai, S||Doel, P||Eifler, TF||Evrard, AE||Fausti Neto, A||Flaugher, B||Fosalba, P||Gaztanaga, E||Gerdes, D||Gruen, D||Gruendl, RA||Honscheid, K||James, D||Kuropatkin, N||Lahav, O||Li, TS||Maia, MAG||Makler, M||Marshall, J||Miller, CJ||Miquel, R||Ogando, R||Plazas, AA||Roodman, A||Sanchez, E||Scarpine, V||Schubnell, M||Sevilla-Noarbe, I||Smith, RC||Soares-Santos, M||Suchyta, E||Swanson, MEC||Tarle, G||Thaler, J||Walker, AR

publication date

  • September 2015