THE SDSS-IV EXTENDED BARYON OSCILLATION SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY: QUASAR TARGET SELECTION

Abstract : As part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) IV the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) will improve measurements of the cosmological distance scale by applying the Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) method to quasar samples. eBOSS will adopt two approaches to target quasars over 7500 deg(2). First, a “CORE” quasar sample will combine the optical selection in ugriz using a likelihood-based routine called XDQSOz, with a mid-IR-optical color cut. eBOSS CORE selection (to g \textless 22 or r \textless 22) should return similar to 70 deg(-2) quasars at redshifts 0.9 \textless z \textless 2.2 and similar to 7 deg(-2)z \textgreater 2.1 quasars. Second, a selection based on variability in multi-epoch imaging from the Palomar Transient Factory should recover an additional similar to 3-4 deg(-2)z \textgreater 2.1 quasars to g \textless 22.5 A linear model of how imaging systematics affect target density recovers the angular distribution of eBOSS CORE quasars over 96.7% (76.7%) of the SDSS north (south) Galactic Cap area. The eBOSS CORE quasar sample should thus be sufficiently dense and homogeneous over 0.9. \textless. z. \textless. 2.2 to yield the first few-percent-level BAO constraint near \textless(z)over bar\textgreater similar to 1.5. eBOSS quasars at z \textgreater 2.1 will be used to improve BAO measurements in the Ly alpha Forest. Beyond its key cosmological goals, eBOSS should be the next-generation quasar survey, comprising \textgreater 500,000 new quasars and \textgreater500,000 uniformly selected spectroscopically confirmed 0.9 \textless z \textless 2.2 quasars. At the conclusion of eBOSS, the SDSS will have provided unique spectra for more than 800,000 quasars.
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Astrophysical Journal Supplement, American Astronomical Society, 2015, 221 (2), 〈10.1088/0067-0049/221/2/27〉
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Adam D. Myers, Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille, Abhishek Prakash, Isabelle Pâris, Christophe Yeche, et al.. THE SDSS-IV EXTENDED BARYON OSCILLATION SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY: QUASAR TARGET SELECTION. Astrophysical Journal Supplement, American Astronomical Society, 2015, 221 (2), 〈10.1088/0067-0049/221/2/27〉. 〈hal-01439980〉

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