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Faint Sky Variability Survey (FSVS)

Jan van Paradijs (University of Amsterdam) (Co-PI)
Steve Howell (NOAO) (Co-PI)
Paul Groot (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Mark Huber (LLNL)
Mark Everett (PSI)
Paul Vreeswijk (ESO)

The Faint Sky Variability Survey provides a database for studying faint populations and their variability, spanning 16-24 mag across the optical regime using the B, V, and I filters with time-sampling obtained in the V band over tens of minutes to years. With a total areal coverage of 23 sq. degrees at moderate-to-high Galactic latitudes, the FSVS also provides a sample spanning relatively different Galactic populations. The FSVS was designed as both a photometric and an astrometric survey to investigate the general potential of such a survey to faint magnitudes, Kuiper Belt objects, intrinsically faint ultracool dwarfs and old white dwarfs, interacting binaries, RR Lyrae stars, and optical transients to gamma-ray bursts. In comparison to other surveys, the FSVS may only have a fraction of the areal coverage and time-sampling of the all-sky variability surveys, but it proceeds several magnitudes fainter, opening up a distinct and significant volume of space.

Major FSVS papers:

Morales-Rueda, L, et al., 2006, MNRAS, 371, 1681
Huber, M., et al., 2006, AJ, 132, 633
Sochting, I. K.,et al., 2006, MNRAS, 369, 1334
Groot, P. J., et al. 2003, MNRAS, 339, 427

NOAO Science Archive - FSVS Contact: Steve Howell (howell@noao.edu)