The Hubble Deep Field - South
The RationaleStarting on September 28, 1998 and for two weeks, the Hubble Space Telescope aimed at the same narrow slice of sky in the constellation Tucana. The observing strategy of the Hubble Deep Field South (HDF-S) differs from its northern analogous in several respects. The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph field was centered on a relatively bright (B~17.5) quasar at intermediate redshift (J2233-606, z(em)=2.238). Besides, the installation of STIS and NICMOS on HST in 1997 has enabled parallel observations with three cameras. In this way the HDF-S dataset includes deep WFPC2 imaging, STIS UV-Visible imaging and spectroscopy, deep near-infrared imaging, and wider-area flanking field observations.
The simultaneous availability of deep imaging and a large spectroscopic coverage at medium-high resolution makes the HDF-S a unique field to study the relationship between galaxies and absorbers, the quasar environment, the abundance pattern of metal absorption systems.
Ground-based observations have been carried out at ESO with the VLT and NTT telescopes in the framework of the ESO HDF-South Project.
STIS ImageCTIO Big Throughput Camera wide-field image. We have observed a region 40X40 arcminutes centered on the HDF-S Quasar in UBVRI and a narrow-band filter centered on the Ly-alpha at z=2.25. Results were presented at the January 1999 AAS meeting in Austin TX, and the January 2000 AAS meeting in Atlanta GA. See below for a list of refereed papers and AAS abstracts.
Our field in BVR:
Imaging of the Hubble Deep Field - South. I: Quasar
High-Resolution Spectroscopy of the HDF-S QSO J2233-606 at the ESO VLT