Selection constraints on high-redshift quasar searches in the VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy survey

J. R. Findlay, W. J. Sutherland, B. P. Venemans, C. Reyle, A. C. Robin, D. G. Bonfield, V. A. Bruce, M. J. Jarvis

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Abstract

The European Southern Observatorys (ESO) Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) is a 4-m class survey telescope for wide-field near-infrared imaging. VISTA is currently running a suite of six public surveys, which will shortly deliver their first Europe wide public data releases to ESO. The VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy survey (VIKING) forms a natural intermediate between current wide shallow and deeper more concentrated surveys, by targeting two patches totalling 1500 deg2 in the Northern and Southern hemispheres with measured 5s limiting depths of Z? 22.4, Y? 21.4, J? 20.9, H? 19.9 and Ks? 19.3 (Vega). This architecture forms an ideal working parameter space for the discovery of a significant sample of 6.5 = z = 7.5 quasars. In the first data release, priority has been placed on small areas encompassing a number of fields well sampled at many wavelengths, thereby optimizing science gains and synergy whilst ensuring a timely release of the first products. For rare object searches, e.g. high-z quasars, this policy is not ideal since photometric selection strategies generally evolve considerably with the acquisition of data. Without a reasonably representative data set sampling many directions on the sky, it is not clear how a rare object search can be conducted in a highly complete and efficient manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3354-3367
Number of pages14
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume419
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • techniques: photometric
  • surveys
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • quasars: general
  • DIGITAL-SKY-SURVEY
  • LARGE-AREA SURVEY
  • LOW-MASS STARS
  • LUMINOSITY FUNCTION
  • MILKY-WAY
  • Z-SIMILAR-TO-6 QUASARS
  • PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEM
  • TARGET SELECTION
  • STELLAR OBJECTS
  • BROWN DWARFS

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