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The Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey(SERVS): Survey Definition and Goals

J.-C. Mauduit, M. Lacy, D. Farrah, J. A. Surace, M. Jarvis, S. Oliver, C. Maraston, M. Vaccari, L. Marchetti, G. Zeimann, E. A. González-Solares, J. Pforr, A. O. Petric, B. Henriques, P. A. Thomas, J. Afonso, A. Rettura, G. Wilson, J. T. Falder, J. E. Geach, M. Huynh, R. P. Norris, N. Seymour, G. T. Richards, S. A. Stanford, D. M. Alexander, R. H. Becker, P. Best, L. Bizzocchi, D. Bonfield, N. Castro-Rodriguez, A. Cava, S. Chapman, N. Christopher, D. L. Clements, G. Covone, N. Dubois, J. S. Dunlop, E. M. Dyke, A. C. Edge, H. C. Ferguson, S. Foucaud, A. Franceschini, R. R. Gal, J. K. Grant, M. Grossi, E. Hatziminaoglou, S. Hickey, J. A. Hodge, J. Huang, R. J. Ivison, M. Kim, O. Le Fèvre, M. D. Lehnert, C. Lonsdale, L. M. Lubin, R. J. McLure, H. Messias, A. Martínez-Sansigre, A. M. J. Mortier, D. M. Nielsen, M. Ouchi, G. Parish, I. Perez-Fournon, M. Pierre, S. Rawlings, A. Readhead, S. E. Ridgway, D. Rigopoulou, A. K. Romer, I. G. Rosebloom, H. J. A. Röttgering, M. Rowan-Robinson, A. Sajina, C. Simpson, I. Smail, G. K. Squires, J. A. Stevens, R. Taylor, M. Trichas, T. Urrutia, E. van Kampen, A. Verma, C. K. Xu

Abstract
We present the Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey(SERVS),an 18 deg2 medium-deep survey at 3.6 and 4.5 mum with the postcryogenic Spitzer Space Telescope to ˜2 mJy(AB=23.1) depth of five highly observed astronomical fields(ELAIS-N1, ELAIS-S1, Lockman Hole, Chandra Deep Field South, and XMM-LSS). SERVS is designed to enable the study of galaxy evolution as a function of environment from z˜5 to the present day and is the first extragalactic survey that is both large enough and deep enough to put rare objects such as luminous quasars and galaxy clusters at z?1 into their cosmological context. SERVS is designed to overlap with several key surveys at optical, near- through far-infrared, submillimeter, and radio wavelengths to provide an unprecedented view of the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. In this article, we discuss the SERVS survey design, the data processing flow from image reduction and mosaicking to catalogs, and coverage of ancillary data from other surveys in the SERVS fields. We also highlight a variety of early science results from the survey.

Keywords
Astrophysical: Data

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume 124, Number 917, Page 124_714
2012 August

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Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia