AAS 197, January 2001
Session 77. Galaxy Evolution II
Display, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[77.09] The NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey

B.T. Jannuzi, A. Dey, G.P. Tiede, M.J.I. Brown (NOAO), NDWFS Team

The NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey (NDWFS) is a very deep optical and IR (Bw,R,I,J,H,K) imaging survey of 18 square degrees of the sky with the primary goal of studying the evolution of large-scale structure from redshifts 1 to 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 (Bw,R,I, limit of 26 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. Our first significant release of NDWFS optical imaging data coincides with this meeting. 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 being supported by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jannuzi@noao.edu

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