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Title: THE PRISM MULTI-OBJECT SURVEY (PRIMUS). II. DATA REDUCTION AND REDSHIFT FITTING

Abstract

The PRIsm MUlti-object Survey (PRIMUS) is a spectroscopic galaxy redshift survey to z {approx} 1 completed with a low-dispersion prism and slitmasks allowing for simultaneous observations of {approx}2500 objects over 0.18 deg{sup 2}. The final PRIMUS catalog includes {approx}130,000 robust redshifts over 9.1 deg{sup 2}. In this paper, we summarize the PRIMUS observational strategy and present the data reduction details used to measure redshifts, redshift precision, and survey completeness. The survey motivation, observational techniques, fields, target selection, slitmask design, and observations are presented in Coil et al. Comparisons to existing higher-resolution spectroscopic measurements show a typical precision of {sigma}{sub z}/(1 + z) = 0.005. PRIMUS, both in area and number of redshifts, is the largest faint galaxy redshift survey completed to date and is allowing for precise measurements of the relationship between active galactic nuclei and their hosts, the effects of environment on galaxy evolution, and the build up of galactic systems over the latter half of cosmic history.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ;  [3];  [4]; ; ;  [5];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9];  [10]
  1. MMT Observatory, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics, Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 (United States)
  3. Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, Department of Physics, New York University, 4 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003 (United States)
  4. D.E. Shaw and Co. L.P, 20400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 850, Cupertino, CA 95014 (United States)
  5. Department of Physics, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92093 (United States)
  6. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, MS 20, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
  7. Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)
  8. Center for Astrophysical Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)
  9. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, UCA/Lick Observatory, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States)
  10. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22126930
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Astrophysical Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 767; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0004-637X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ACCURACY; DISPERSIONS; GALAXIES; GALAXY NUCLEI; PRISMS; RED SHIFT; UNIVERSE

Citation Formats

Cool, Richard J., Moustakas, John, Blanton, Michael R., Hogg, David W., Burles, Scott M., Coil, Alison L., Aird, James, Mendez, Alexander J., Eisenstein, Daniel J., Wong, Kenneth C., Zhu, Guangtun, Bernstein, Rebecca A., and Bolton, Adam S. THE PRISM MULTI-OBJECT SURVEY (PRIMUS). II. DATA REDUCTION AND REDSHIFT FITTING. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/767/2/118.
Cool, Richard J., Moustakas, John, Blanton, Michael R., Hogg, David W., Burles, Scott M., Coil, Alison L., Aird, James, Mendez, Alexander J., Eisenstein, Daniel J., Wong, Kenneth C., Zhu, Guangtun, Bernstein, Rebecca A., & Bolton, Adam S. THE PRISM MULTI-OBJECT SURVEY (PRIMUS). II. DATA REDUCTION AND REDSHIFT FITTING. United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/767/2/118.
Cool, Richard J., Moustakas, John, Blanton, Michael R., Hogg, David W., Burles, Scott M., Coil, Alison L., Aird, James, Mendez, Alexander J., Eisenstein, Daniel J., Wong, Kenneth C., Zhu, Guangtun, Bernstein, Rebecca A., and Bolton, Adam S. Sat . "THE PRISM MULTI-OBJECT SURVEY (PRIMUS). II. DATA REDUCTION AND REDSHIFT FITTING". United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/767/2/118.
@article{osti_22126930,
title = {THE PRISM MULTI-OBJECT SURVEY (PRIMUS). II. DATA REDUCTION AND REDSHIFT FITTING},
author = {Cool, Richard J. and Moustakas, John and Blanton, Michael R. and Hogg, David W. and Burles, Scott M. and Coil, Alison L. and Aird, James and Mendez, Alexander J. and Eisenstein, Daniel J. and Wong, Kenneth C. and Zhu, Guangtun and Bernstein, Rebecca A. and Bolton, Adam S.},
abstractNote = {The PRIsm MUlti-object Survey (PRIMUS) is a spectroscopic galaxy redshift survey to z {approx} 1 completed with a low-dispersion prism and slitmasks allowing for simultaneous observations of {approx}2500 objects over 0.18 deg{sup 2}. The final PRIMUS catalog includes {approx}130,000 robust redshifts over 9.1 deg{sup 2}. In this paper, we summarize the PRIMUS observational strategy and present the data reduction details used to measure redshifts, redshift precision, and survey completeness. The survey motivation, observational techniques, fields, target selection, slitmask design, and observations are presented in Coil et al. Comparisons to existing higher-resolution spectroscopic measurements show a typical precision of {sigma}{sub z}/(1 + z) = 0.005. PRIMUS, both in area and number of redshifts, is the largest faint galaxy redshift survey completed to date and is allowing for precise measurements of the relationship between active galactic nuclei and their hosts, the effects of environment on galaxy evolution, and the build up of galactic systems over the latter half of cosmic history.},
doi = {10.1088/0004-637X/767/2/118},
journal = {Astrophysical Journal},
issn = {0004-637X},
number = 2,
volume = 767,
place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {4}
}