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titleSpIES: The Spitzer IRAC Equatorial Survey
Author(eng)Ryan, Erin L.; Fan, Xiaohui; Lamassa, Stephanie M.; Richards, Gordon, T.; Stone, Robert B.; Bauer, Franz, E.; Urry, C. Megan; Wollack, Edward J.; Lacy, Mark; Brandt, W. N.; Glikman, Eilat; Ross, Nicholas P.; Timlin, John D.
Author Affiliation(eng)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Issue Date2016-06-27
DescriptionWe describe the first data release from the Spitzer-IRAC Equatorial Survey (SpIES); a large-area survey of approx.115 sq deg in the Equatorial SDSS Stripe 82 field using Spitzer during its "warm" mission phase. SpIES was designed to probe sufficient volume to perform measurements of quasar clustering and the luminosity function at z > or = 3 to test various models for "feedback" from active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Additionally, the wide range of available multi-wavelength, multi-epoch ancillary data enables SpIES to identify both high-redshift (z > or = 5) quasars as well as obscured quasars missed by optical surveys. SpIES achieves 5 sigma depths of 6.13 Jy (21.93 AB magnitude) and 5.75 Jy (22.0 AB magnitude) at 3.6 and 4.5 microns, respectively-depths significantly fainter than the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). We show that the SpIES survey recovers a much larger fraction of spectroscopically confirmed quasars (approx.98%) in Stripe 82 than are recovered by WISE (55%). This depth is especially powerful at high-redshift (z > or = 3.5), where SpIES recovers 94% of confirmed quasars, whereas WISE only recovers 25%. Here we define the SpIES survey parameters and describe the image processing, source extraction, and catalog production methods used to analyze the SpIES data. In addition to this survey paper, we release 234 images created by the SpIES team and three detection catalogs: a 3.6 microns only detection catalog containing approx. 6.1 million sources, a 4.5 microns only detection catalog containing approx. 6.5 million sources, and a dual-band detection catalog containing approx. 5.4 million sources.
NASA Subject CategoryAstrophysics
Report NoGSFC-E-DAA-TN35054

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