30 September 2004 DAzLE: the dark ages z (redshift) Lyman-α Explorer
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DAzLE is a near infrared narrowband differential imager being built by the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, in collaboration with the Anglo-Australian observatory. It is a special purpose instrument designed with a sole aim; the detection of redshifted Lyman-α emission from star forming galaxies at z>7. DAzLE will use pairs of high resolution (R=1000) narrowband filters to exploit low background 'windows' in the near infrared sky emission spectrum. This will enable it to reach sensitivities of ~2 x 10-21Wm-2, thereby allowing the detection of z>7 galaxies with star formation rates as low as a few solar masses per year. The design of the instrument, and in particular the crucial narrowband filters, are presented. The predicted performance of DAzLE, including the sensitivity, volume coverage and expected number counts, is discussed. The current status of the DAzLE project, and its projected timeline, are also presented.
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Anthony Horton, Anthony Horton, Ian Parry, Ian Parry, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sonia Cianci, Sonia Cianci, David King, David King, Richard McMahon, Richard McMahon, Steve Medlen, Steve Medlen, } "DAzLE: the dark ages z (redshift) Lyman-α Explorer", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551591; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551591
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