The SDSS-IV eBOSS emission-line galaxy pilot survey

J. Comparat, T. Delubac, S. Jouvel, A. Raichoor, J-P Kneib, C. Yeche, F. B. Abdalla, C. Le Cras, C. Maraston, D. M. Wilkinson, G. Zhu, E. Jullo, F. Prada, D. Schlegel, Z. Xu, H. Zou, J. Bautista, D. Bizyaev, A. Bolton, J. R. BrownsteinK. S. Dawson, Stephanie Escoffier, P. Gualme, K. Kinemuchi, E. Malanushenko, V. Malanushenko, V. Mariappan, J. A. Newman, D. Oravetz, K. Pan, W. J. Percival, A. Prakash, D. P. Schneider, A. Simmons, T. M. C. Abbott, S. Allam, M. Banerji, A. Benoit-Lévy, E. Bertin, D. Brooks, D. Capozzi, A. Carnero Rosell, M. Carrasco Kind, J. Carretero, F. J. Castander, C. E. Cunha, L. N. da Costa, S. Desai, P. Doel, T. F. Eifler, J. Estrada, B. Flaugher, P. Fosalba, J. Frieman, E. Gaztanaga, D. W. Gerdes, D. Gruen, R. A. Gruendl, G. Gutierrez, K. Honscheid, D. J. James, K. Kuehn, N. Kuropatkin, O. Lahav, M. Lima, M. A. G. Maia, M. March, J. L. Marshall, R. Miquel, A. A. Plazas, K. Reil, N. Roe, A. K. Romer, A. Roodman, E. S. Rykoff, M. Sako, E. Sanchez, V. Scarpine, I. Sevilla-Noarbe, M. Soares-Santos, F. Sobreira, E. Suchyta, M. E. C. Swanson, G. Tarle, J. Thaler, D. Thomas, A. R. Walker, Y. Zhang

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Abstract

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV extended Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (SDSS-IV/eBOSS) will observe 195,000 emission-line galaxies (ELGs) to measure the Baryonic Acoustic Oscillation standard ruler (BAO) at redshift 0.9. To test different ELG selection algorithms, based on data from several imaging surveys, 9,000 spectra were observed with the SDSS spectrograph as a pilot survey. First, using visual inspection and redshift quality flags, we find that the automated spectroscopic redshifts assigned by the pipeline meet the quality requirements for a robust BAO measurement. Also, we show the correlations between sky emission, signal-to-noise ratio in the emission lines and redshift error. Then we provide a detailed description of each target selection algorithm tested and compare them with the requirements of the eBOSS experiment. As a result, we provide robust redshift distributions for the different target selection schemes tested. Finally, we infer two optimal target selection algorithms to be applied on DECam photometry that fulfill the eBOSS survey efficiency requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA121
Number of pages18
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume592
Early online date9 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • astro-ph.CO
  • astro-ph.GA
  • cosmology
  • survey
  • spectroscopy
  • galaxy
  • emission lines
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • large-scale structure of Universe
  • galaxies: general
  • methods: observational

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