SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Data Release 12: galaxy target selection and large-scale structure catalogues

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dc.contributor.author Reid, B.
dc.contributor.author Ho, S.
dc.contributor.author Padmanabhan, N.
dc.contributor.author Percival, W. J.
dc.contributor.author Tinker, J.
dc.contributor.author Tojeiro, R.
dc.contributor.author White, M.
dc.contributor.author Eisenstein, D. J.
dc.contributor.author Maraston, C.
dc.contributor.author Ross, A. J.
dc.contributor.author Sanchez, A. G.
dc.contributor.author Schlegel, D.
dc.contributor.author Sheldon, E.
dc.contributor.author Samushia, Lado
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-20T17:31:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-20T17:31:10Z
dc.date.issued 2016-01-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/34008
dc.description Citation: Reid, B., Ho, S., Padmanabhan, N., Percival, W. J., Tinker, J., Tojeiro, R., . . . Vargas-Magana, M. (2016). SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Data Release 12: galaxy target selection and large-scale structure catalogues. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 455(2), 1553-1573. doi:10.1093/mnras/stv2382
dc.description Additional Authors: Thomas, D.;Wake, D.;Beutler, F.;Bizyaev, D.;Bolton, A. S.;Brownstein, J. R.;Chuang, C. H.;Dawson, K.;Harding, P.;Kitaura, F. S.;Leauthaud, A.;Masters, K.;McBride, C. K.;More, S.;Olmstead, M. D.;Oravetz, D.;Nuza, S. E.;Pan, K.;Parejko, J.;Pforr, J.;Prada, F.;Rodriguez-Torres, S.;Salazar-Albornoz, S.;Strauss, M. A.;Schneider, D. P.;Scoccola, C. G.;Simmons, A.;Vargas-Magana, M.
dc.description.abstract The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) III project, has provided the largest survey of galaxy redshifts available to date, in terms of both the number of galaxy redshifts measured by a single survey, and the effective cosmological volume covered. Key to analysing the clustering of these data to provide cosmological measurements is understanding the detailed properties of this sample. Potential issues include variations in the target catalogue caused by changes either in the targeting algorithm or properties of the data used, the pattern of spectroscopic observations, the spatial distribution of targets for which redshifts were not obtained, and variations in the target sky density due to observational systematics. We document here the target selection algorithms used to create the galaxy samples that comprise BOSS. We also present the algorithms used to create large-scale structure catalogues for the final Data Release (DR12) samples and the associated random catalogues that quantify the survey mask. The algorithms are an evolution of those used by the BOSS team to construct catalogues from earlier data, and have been designed to accurately quantify the galaxy sample. The code used, designated MKSAMPLE, is released with this paper.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv2382
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dc.subject Cosmology: Observations
dc.subject (Cosmology:) Large-Scale Structure Of Universe
dc.subject Digital Sky Survey
dc.subject Power-Spectrum Analysis
dc.subject Luminous Red Galaxies
dc.subject Low-Redshift Sample
dc.title SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Data Release 12: galaxy target selection and large-scale structure catalogues
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.1093/mnras/stv2382
dc.citation.epage 1573
dc.citation.issn 0035-8711
dc.citation.issue 2
dc.citation.jtitle Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
dc.citation.spage 1553
dc.citation.volume 455
dc.contributor.authoreid lado


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