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B. T. Jannuzi, A. Dey (NOAO), NDWFS Team
The NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey is a very deep optical and IR (BWRIJHK) imaging survey of 18\arcdeg of the sky with the primary goal of studying the evolution of large-scale structure from z~-4. In addition, the survey will enable further investigation of the formation and evolution of the red-envelope galaxy population and the detection of luminous, very distant (z>4), star-forming galaxies and quasars. We are mapping an unprecedentedly large area to very faint flux limits (BWRI\ge26~AB mag.\ and J,H=21;K=21.5~AB mag.~5-\sigma detection limits in a 2'' diameter aperture). This survey will be valuable in addressing many other problems, and we have designed its execution and the presentation of the data to the community in a manner that will maximize the scientific return. Details on the survey design and how to obtain reduced images and object catalogues will be presented together with initial scientific results.
Our research is supported by the National Optical Astronomy Observatories which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.