• The Chandra Deep Wide-field Survey: A New Chandra Legacy Survey in the Boötes Field. I. X-Ray Point Source Catalog, Number Counts, and Multiwavelength Counterparts

      Masini, Alberto; Hickox, Ryan C.; Carroll, Christopher M.; Aird, James; Alexander, David M.; Assef, Roberto J.; Bower, Richard; Brodwin, Mark; Brown, Michael J. I.; Chatterjee, Suchetana; et al. (IOP PUBLISHING LTD, 2020-10-22)
      We present a new, ambitious survey performed with the Chandra X-ray Observatory of the 9.3 deg(2) Bootes field of the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey. The wide field probes a statistically representative volume of the universe at high redshift. The Chandra Deep Wide-field Survey exploits the excellent sensitivity and angular resolution of Chandra over a wide area, combining 281 observations spanning 15 yr, for a total exposure time of 3.4 Ms, and detects 6891 X-ray point sources down to limiting fluxes of 4.7 x 10(-16), 1.5 x 10(-16), and 9 x10(-16) erg cm(-2) s(-1) in the 0.5-7, 0.5-2, and 2-7 keV bands, respectively. The robustness and reliability of the detection strategy are validated through extensive, state-of-the-art simulations of the whole field. Accurate number counts, in good agreement with previous X-ray surveys, are derived thanks to the uniquely large number of point sources detected, which resolve 65.0% 12.8% of the cosmic X-ray background between 0.5 and 2 keV and 81.0% 11.5% between 2 and 7 keV. Exploiting the wealth of multiwavelength data available on the field, we assign redshifts to similar to 94% of the X-ray sources, estimate their obscuration, and derive absorption-corrected luminosities. We provide an electronic catalog containing all of the relevant quantities needed for future investigations.