AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 48 Galaxy Evolution and Galaxy Clustering in the NDWFS' Bootes Field
Topical Session, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 603/605/607

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[48.16] Near-IR Selected Quasars in the NDWFS Bootes Field

R.F. Green (KPNO/NOAO), S. Croom (AAO), S. Warren (Imperial College, London), P.B. Hall (Princeton), M. Brown, A. Dey, B. Jannuzi (NOAO), M.G. Smith, (AOSS), D. Norman (CTIO/NOAO), G. Tiede (U. Florida), P.S. Smith (Steward Obs., U. Arizona)

We report preliminary results from a survey to construct a complete, near-IR selected sample of quasars. The scientific goals are to i) compare the completeness of optical color outlier and K excess samples; ii) detect a complete sample of quasars in the ``redshift desert" 2.5 < z < 3.2; iii) determine the population fraction of red quasars; iv) ultimately measure the K-band luminosity function to z=4.

An initial spectroscopic run with WIYN/Hydra last March was designed to test our color selection efficiency and give a preview of object types and redshift range. An RIK-selected sample of color outliers was observed spectroscopically with WIYN Hydra to > 1 mag deeper than the SDSS NGP sample. Two out of 28 objects classifiable as broad-line AGN were consistent with intrinsic reddening E(B-V) \geq 0.4 mag. The reddest, faintest candidates have not yet been confirmed, creating interesting discovery space for greater reddening and higher z.

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