The 2-degree Field Lensing Survey: Design and clustering measurements

Chris Blake, Alexandra Amon, Michael Childress, Thomas Erben, Karl Glazebrook, Joachim Harnois-Deraps, Catherine Heymans, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Samuel R. Hinton, Steven Janssens, Andrew Johnson, Shahab Joudaki, Dominik Klaes, Konrad Kuijken, Chris Lidman, Felipe A. Marin, David Parkinson, Gregory B. Poole, Christian Wolf

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We present the 2-degree Field Lensing Survey (2dFLenS), a new galaxy redshift survey performed at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. 2dFLenS is the first wide-area spectroscopic survey specifically targeting the area mapped by deep-imaging gravitational lensing fields, in this case the Kilo-Degree Survey. 2dFLenS obtained 70 079 redshifts in the range z < 0.9 over an area of 731 deg2, and is designed to extend the data sets available for testing gravitational physics and promote the development of relevant algorithms for joint imaging and spectroscopic analysis. The redshift sample consists first of 40 531 Luminous Red Galaxies (LRGs), which enable analyses of galaxy-galaxy lensing, redshift-space distortion, and the overlapping source redshift distribution by cross-correlation. An additional 28 269 redshifts form a magnitude-limited (r < 19.5) nearly complete subsample, allowing direct source classification and photometric-redshift calibration. In this paper, we describe the motivation, target selection, spectroscopic observations, and clustering analysis of 2dFLenS. We use power spectrum multipole measurements to fit the redshift-space distortion parameter of the LRG sample in two redshift ranges 0.15 < z < 0.43 and 0.43 < z < 0.7 as β = 0.49 ± 0.15 and β = 0.26 ± 0.09, respectively. These values are consistent with those obtained from LRGs in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. 2dFLenS data products will be released via our website

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4240-4265
Number of pages26
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 11 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Large-scale structure of Universe
  • Surveys


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