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The DECam Plane Survey: Optical Photometry of Two Billion Objects in the Southern Galactic Plane

  • Author(s): Schlafly, EF
  • Green, GM
  • Lang, D
  • Daylan, T
  • Finkbeiner, DP
  • Lee, A
  • Meisner, AM
  • Schlegel, D
  • Valdes, F
  • et al.

© 2018. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. The DECam Plane Survey is a five-band optical and near-infrared survey of the southern Galactic plane with the Dark Energy Camera at Cerro Tololo. The survey is designed to reach past the main-sequence turn-off of old populations at the distance of the Galactic center through a reddening E(B - V) of 1.5 mag. Typical singleexposure depths are 23.7, 22.8, 22.3, 21.9, and 21.0 mag (AB) in the grizY bands, with seeing around 1′. The footprint covers the Galactic plane with |b| ≲ 4°, 5° > l > -120°. The survey pipeline simultaneously solves for the positions and fluxes of tens of thousands of sources in each image, delivering positions and fluxes of roughly two billion stars with better than 10 mmag precision. Most of these objects are highly reddened and deep in the Galactic disk, probing the structure and properties of the Milky Way and its interstellar medium. The fullyprocessed images and derived catalogs are publicly available.

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