LSST Observing Strategy White Paper: LSST Observations of WFIRST Deep Fields
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LSST Observing Strategy White Paper: LSST Observations of WFIRST Deep Fields

  • Author(s): Foley, RJ
  • Koekemoer, AM
  • Spergel, DN
  • Bianco, FB
  • Capak, P
  • Dai, L
  • Dore, O
  • Fazio, GG
  • Ferguson, H
  • Filippenko, AV
  • Frye, B
  • Galbany, L
  • Gawiser, E
  • Gronwall, C
  • Hathi, NP
  • Hirata, C
  • Hounsell, R
  • Jha, SW
  • Kim, AG
  • Kelly, PL
  • Kruk, JW
  • Malhotra, S
  • Mandel, KS
  • Margutti, R
  • Marrone, D
  • McQuinn, KBW
  • Melchior, P
  • Moustakas, L
  • Newman, JA
  • Peek, JEG
  • Perlmutter, S
  • Rhodes, JD
  • Robertson, B
  • Rubin, D
  • Scolnic, D
  • Somerville, R
  • Street, R
  • Wang, Y
  • Whalen, DJ
  • Windhorst, RA
  • Wollack, EJ
  • et al.

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is expected to launch in the mid-2020s. With its wide-field near-infrared (NIR) camera, it will survey the sky to unprecedented detail. As part of normal operations and as the result of multiple expected dedicated surveys, WFIRST will produce several relatively wide-field (tens of square degrees) deep (limiting magnitude of 28 or fainter) fields. In particular, a planned supernova survey is expected to image 3 deep fields in the LSST footprint roughly every 5 days over 2 years. Stacking all data, this survey will produce, over all WFIRST supernova fields in the LSST footprint, ~12-25 deg^2 and ~5-15 deg^2 regions to depths of ~28 mag and ~29 mag, respectively. We suggest LSST undertake mini-surveys that will match the WFIRST cadence and simultaneously observe the supernova survey fields during the 2-year WFIRST supernova survey, achieving a stacked depth similar to that of the WFIRST data. We also suggest additional observations of these same regions throughout the LSST survey to get deep images earlier, have long-term monitoring in the fields, and produce deeper images overall. These fields will provide a legacy for cosmology, extragalactic, and transient/variable science.

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