The Spitzer extragalactic representative volume survey (SERVS): survey definition and goals

Mauduit, J-C, Thomas, P A and et al, (2012) The Spitzer extragalactic representative volume survey (SERVS): survey definition and goals. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 124. pp. 714-736. ISSN 0004-6280

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Abstract

We present the Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey (SERVS), an 18 square degrees medium-deep survey at 3.6 and 4.5 microns with the post-cryogenic Spitzer Space Telescope to ~2 microJy (AB=23.1) depth of five highly observed astronomical fields (ELAIS-N1, ELAIS-S1, Lockman Hole, Chandra Deep Field South and XMM-LSS). SERVS is designed to enable the study of galaxy evolution as a function of environment from z~5 to the present day, and is the first extragalactic survey both large enough and deep enough to put rare objects such as luminous quasars and galaxy clusters at z>1 into their cosmological context. SERVS is designed to overlap with several key surveys at optical, near- through far-infrared, submillimeter and radio wavelengths to provide an unprecedented view of the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. In this paper, we discuss the SERVS survey design, the data processing flow from image reduction and mosaicing to catalogs, as well as coverage of ancillary data from other surveys in the SERVS fields. We also highlight a variety of early science results from the survey.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Astrophysical Data
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
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Depositing User: Peter Thomas
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 12:02
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41127

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