Quasar Target Selection with WISE
|IFRU, CEA Saclay, France|
Spectra measured with the goal of enhancing the efficiency of quasar identification in SDSS
An object whose
ANCILLARY_TARGET2 value includes one or more of the bitmasks in the following table was targeted for spectroscopy as part of this ancillary target program. See SDSS bitmasks to learn how to use these values to identify objects in this ancillary target program.
|Program (bit name)||Bit number||Target Description||Number of Fibers||Number of Unique Primary Objects|
|QSO_WISE_FULL_SKY||10||Quasar selected from the WISE All-Sky Survey||29,253||26,927|
This ancillary target program was a second sample of WISE-selected quasars, focused on the redshift range z > 2.15.
The quasar target selection algorithms described in Ross et al. (2012) varied in efficiency in identifying z > 2.15 quasars for Lyman-alpha forest studies. For example, regions covered by the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS; Lawrence et al. 2007) produced a higher density of high-redshift quasars than regions without UKIDSS data. As a means to enhance the efficiency of quasar identification in the area of sky observed in the final two years of SDSS-III, mid-infrared photometry from the WISE All-Sky survey.
Candidate quasars were identified from SDSS photometry using an artificial neural network as described in Yèche et al. (2010). Point sources are assigned a likelihood ranging from zero (stellar) to one (quasar) and a photometric redshift estimate. Objects with NN > 0:3 were considered targets if they were matched within 1.5″ of a WISE source, had color iPSF – W1 > 2.0 + 0.8(gPSF – iPSF – W2 > 3.0, and were brighter than gPSF = 21.5.
These color cuts were designed to identify high-redshift quasars, and indeed almost 3/4 of the candidates have redshifts above 2. Objects satisfying this cut were assigned the
QSO_WISE_FULL_SKY flag whether or not they were also targeted by the main BOSS quasar target selection.