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Title: The HETDEX Survey Emission-line Exploration and Source Classification*
Abstract The Hobby–Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) is an untargeted spectroscopic survey that aims to measure the expansion rate of the universe at z ∼ 2.4 to 1% precision for both H ( z ) and D A ( z ). HETDEX is in the process of mapping in excess of one million Ly α emitting (LAE) galaxies and a similar number of lower- z galaxies as a tracer of the large-scale structure. The success of the measurement is predicated on the post-observation separation of galaxies with Ly α emission from the lower- z interloping galaxies, primarily [O ii ], with low contamination and high recovery rates. The Emission Line eXplorer (ELiXer) is the principal classification tool for HETDEX, providing a tunable balance between contamination and completeness as dictated by science needs. By combining multiple selection criteria, ELiXer improves upon the 20 Å rest-frame equivalent width cut commonly used to distinguish LAEs from lower- z [O ii ] emitting galaxies. Despite a spectral resolving power, R ∼ 800, that cannot resolve the [O ii ] doublet, we demonstrate the ability to distinguish LAEs from foreground galaxies with 98.1% accuracy. We estimate a contamination rate of Ly α by [O ii ] of 1.2% and a Ly α recovery rate of 99.1% using the default ELiXer configuration. These rates meet the HETDEX science requirements.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
2219212 1908817
NSF-PAR ID:
10446583
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal
Volume:
946
Issue:
2
ISSN:
0004-637X
Page Range / eLocation ID:
86
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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