Overview of the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys
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Overview of the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys

  • Author(s): Dey, A
  • Schlegel, DJ
  • Lang, D
  • Blum, R
  • Burleigh, K
  • Fan, X
  • Findlay, JR
  • Finkbeiner, D
  • Herrera, D
  • Juneau, S
  • Landriau, M
  • Levi, M
  • McGreer, I
  • Meisner, A
  • Myers, AD
  • Moustakas, J
  • Nugent, P
  • Patej, A
  • Schlafly, EF
  • Walker, AR
  • Valdes, F
  • Weaver, BA
  • Yeche, C
  • Zou, H
  • Zhou, X
  • Abareshi, B
  • Abbott, TMC
  • Abolfathi, B
  • Aguilera, C
  • Allen, L
  • Alvarez, A
  • Annis, J
  • Aubert, M
  • Bell, EF
  • BenZvi, SY
  • Bielby, RM
  • Bolton, AS
  • Briceno, C
  • Buckley-Geer, EJ
  • Butler, K
  • Calamida, A
  • Carlberg, RG
  • Carter, P
  • Casas, R
  • Castander, FJ
  • Choi, Y
  • Comparat, J
  • Cukanovaite, E
  • Delubac, T
  • DeVries, K
  • Dey, S
  • Dhungana, G
  • Dickinson, M
  • Ding, Z
  • Donaldson, JB
  • Duan, Y
  • Duckworth, CJ
  • Eftekharzadeh, S
  • Eisenstein, DJ
  • Etourneau, T
  • Fagrelius, PA
  • Farihi, J
  • Fitzpatrick, M
  • Font-Ribera, A
  • Fulmer, L
  • Gansicke, BT
  • Gaztanaga, E
  • George, K
  • Gerdes, DW
  • Gontcho, SGA
  • Green, G
  • Guy, J
  • Harmer, D
  • Hernandez, M
  • Honscheid, K
  • Lijuan
  • Huang
  • James, D
  • Jannuzi, BT
  • Jiang, L
  • Joyce, R
  • Karcher, A
  • Karkar, S
  • Kehoe, R
  • Kneib, J-P
  • Kueter-Young, A
  • Lan, T-W
  • Lauer, T
  • Guillou, LL
  • Suu, ALV
  • Lee, JH
  • Lesser, M
  • Li, TS
  • Mann, JL
  • Marshall, B
  • Martínez-Vázquez, CE
  • Martini, P
  • Bourboux, HDMD
  • McManus, S
  • Menard, B
  • Metcalfe, N
  • Muñoz-Gutiérrez, A
  • Najita, J
  • Napier, K
  • Narayan, G
  • Newman, JA
  • Nie, J
  • Nord, B
  • Norman, DJ
  • Olsen, KAG
  • Paat, A
  • Palanque-Delabrouille, N
  • Peng, X
  • Poppett, CL
  • Poremba, MR
  • Prakash, A
  • Rabinowitz, D
  • Raichoor, A
  • Rezaie, M
  • Robertson, AN
  • Roe, NA
  • Ross, AJ
  • Ross, NP
  • Rudnick, G
  • Safonova, S
  • Saha, A
  • Sanchez, FJ
  • Schweiker, H
  • Scott, A
  • Seo, H-J
  • Shan, H
  • Silva, DR
  • Soto, C
  • Sprayberry, D
  • Staten, R
  • Stillman, CM
  • Stupak, RJ
  • Summers, DL
  • Tie, SS
  • Tirado, H
  • Vargas-Magana, M
  • Vivas, AK
  • Wechsler, RH
  • Williams, D
  • Yang, J
  • Yang, Q
  • Yapici, T
  • Zaritsky, D
  • Zenteno, A
  • Zhang, K
  • Zhang, T
  • Zhou, R
  • Zhou, Z
  • et al.
Abstract

The DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys are a combination of three public projects (the Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey, the Beijing-Arizona Sky Survey, and the Mayall z-band Legacy Survey) that will jointly image ~14,000 square degrees of the extragalactic sky visible from the northern hemisphere in three optical bands (g, r, and z) using telescopes at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The combined survey footprint is split into two contiguous areas by the Galactic plane. The optical imaging is conducted using a unique strategy of dynamic observing that results in a survey of nearly uniform depth. In addition to calibrated images, the project is delivering an inference-based catalog which includes photometry from the grz optical bands and from four mid-infrared bands (at 3.4um, 4.6um, 12um and 22um) observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite during its full operational lifetime. The project plans two public data releases each year. All the software used to generate the catalogs is also released with the data. This paper provides an overview of the Legacy Surveys project.

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