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BigBOSS: a stage IV dark energy redshift survey
Author(s): Michael J. Sholl; Mark R. Ackerman; Chris Bebek; Robert Besuner; Arjun Dey; Jerry Edelstein; Patrick Jelinsky; Michael L. Lampton; Michael E. Levi; Ming Liang; Paul Perry; Natalie Roe; Joseph Silber; David Schlegel
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Paper Abstract

BigBOSS is a Stage IV dark energy experiment based on proven techniques to study baryon acoustic oscillations and the growth of large scale structure. The 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey labeled dark energy as a key area of exploration. BigBOSS is designed to perform a 14,000 square degree survey of 20 million galaxies and quasi-stellar objects. The project involves installation of a new instrument on the Mayall 4m telescope, operated by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. The instrument includes a new optical widefield corrector, a 5,000 fiber actuator system, and a multi-object spectrometer. Systems engineering flowdown from data set requirements to instrument requirements are discussed, along with the trade considerations and a pre-conceptual baseline design of the widefield optical corrector, spectrometer and fiber positioner systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844667 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926179
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Sholl, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Mark R. Ackerman, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Chris Bebek, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Robert Besuner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Arjun Dey, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jerry Edelstein, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Patrick Jelinsky, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Michael L. Lampton, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Michael E. Levi, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Ming Liang, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Paul Perry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Natalie Roe, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Joseph Silber, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
David Schlegel, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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