DPS 35th Meeting, 1-6 September 2003
Session 39. KBO and Centaurs II
Poster, Highlighted on, Friday, September 5, 2003, 3:30-6:00pm, Sierra Ballroom I-II

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[39.01] First Results of the CFLS Ultrawide Survey

R. L. Allen (UBC), J.J. Kavelaars (HIA-NRC), B. Gladman (UBC), J. Parker (SwRI), J.-M. Petite (Obs. of Besancon), H. Scholl (Obs. of Nice)

During the next five years, the Ultrawide component of the Canada France Legacy Survey (CFLS) will survey over 1300 square degrees of sky surrounding the ecliptic plane. Using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the Megaprime camera, the UW-CFLS will survey nearly the entire ecliptic to a magnitude limit of r'~23.5 in r', g' and i' filters. Currently only ~300 out of the ~800 known KBOs have well-known orbits. The UW-CFLS will detect over 1000 Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), with much of the recovery work built into the survey, allowing an accurate determination of their orbital parameters. This large and unbiased sample of KBOs with well-determined orbits will provide constraints on models of the evolution of the Solar System.

Searching 1300 square degrees of data for moving objects is a significant challenge in terms of data management and processing. We have developed nearly automated processing and KBO search software to meet this challenge, some facets of which will be discussed. We will also present results of the first several dark runs of data.

This work is supported by an NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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