The southern 2MASS active galactic nuclei survey: Spectroscopic follow-up with six degree field

Frank Masci, Roc Cutri, Paul Francis, Brant Nelson, John Huchra, David Jones, Matthew Colless, W Saunders

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The Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) has provided a uniform photometric catalog to search for previously unknown red active galactic nuclei (AGN) and Quasi-Stellar Objects (QSOs). We have extended the search to the southern equatorial sky by obtaining spectra for 1182 AGN candidates using the six degree field (6dF) multifibre spectrograph on the UK Schmidt Telescope. These were scheduled as auxiliary targets for the 6dF Galaxy Redshift Survey. The candidates were selected using a single color cut of J-Ks>2 to Ks<15.5 and a galactic latitude of b >30A?. 432 spectra were of sufficient quality to enable a reliable classification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302 - 320
Number of pages19
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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