The Subaru deep field: The optical imaging data

Nobunari Kashikawa, Kazuhiro Shimasaku, Naoki Yasuda, Masaru Ajiki, Masayuki Akiyama, Hiroyasu Ando, Kentaro Aoki, Mamoru Doi, Shinobu S. Fujita, Hisanori Furusawa, Tomoki Hayashino, Fumihide Iwamuro, Masanori Iye, Hiroshi Karoji, Naoto Kobayashi, Keiichi Kodaira, Tadayuki Kodama, Yutaka Komiyama, Yuichi Matsuda, Satoshi MiyazakiYoshihiko Mizumoto, Tomoki Morokuma, Kentaro Motohara, Takashi Murayama, Tohru Nagao, Kyoji Nariai, Kouji Ohta, Sadanori Okamura, Masami Ouchi, Toshiyuki Sasaki, Yasunori Sato, Kazuhiro Sekiguchi, Yasunori Shioya, Hajime Tamura, Yoshiaki Taniguchi, Masayuki Umemura, Toru Yamada, Makiko Yoshida

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Abstract

The Subaru Deep Field (SDF) project is a program of Subaru Observatory to carry out a deep galaxy survey over a blank field as large as 34′×27′. The program consists of very deep multi-band optical imaging, near-infrared imaging for smaller portions of the field, and follow-up optical spectroscopy. The major scientific goals of the project are to construct large samples of Lyman-break galaxies at z ≈ 4-5 and Lyman alpha emitters at z ≈ 5.7 and 6.6, and to make detailed studies of these very high-redshift galaxy populations. In this paper, we describe the optical imaging observations and data reduction, presenting mosaicked images and object catalogs in seven bandpasses. The optical imaging was made through five broad-band filters, B, V, R, i′, z′, and two narrow-band filters, NB816 (λc = 8150 Å) and NB921 (λc = 9196 Å) with almost 10 hour integrations for each band. The limiting magnitudes measured at 3 σ on a 2″ aperture are B = 28.45, V = 27.74, R = 27.80, i′ = 27.43, z′ = 26.62, NB816 = 26.63, and NB921 = 26.54 in the AB system. The object catalog constructed for each of the seven bands contains more than 10 5 objects. The galaxy number counts corrected for detection incompleteness and star-count contributions are found to be consistent with previous results in the literature. Mosaicked images and catalogs of all the bands have been made open to the public on 2004 October 1 on the SDF project website.1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1023
Number of pages13
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: high-redshift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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