The Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE Survey (MaDCoWS) is a comprehensive program to detect and characterize the most massive galaxy clusters in the Universe at z ~ 1, and is the only all-sky survey sensitive to galaxy clusters at this epoch. The foundation for this program is data from the NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The primary goal is to study the evolution of massive galaxies in the most overdense environments at z > 1 when star formation and AGN activity may be peaking in these structures. Spitzer follow-up imaging of 2000 MaDCoWS clusters has allowed us to select the richest and/or most distant clusters for detailed study. To date we have spectroscopically confirmed over 35 MaDCoWS clusters, spanning a wide range of masses (2-11 x 10^14 Msun), out to z = 1.5. This includes the discovery of the most massive z > 1.15 cluster found to date, as well as a cluster at z = 1.23 that is lensing a z = 2.22 supernova Ia. Multiwavelength follow-up observations of these distant clusters, currently underway, will permit several novel studies of galaxy evolution in rich cluster environments at z > 1.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #232
- Pub Date:
- June 2018