Queries, suggestions to:
Steve Warren,
UKIDSS Survey Scientist
Queries on data reduction
to casuhelp
The UKIDSS data access policy explains the rules for sharing UKIDSS data with astronomers from outside ESO
Citing UKIDSS in papers using UKIDSS data
IAU naming convention for UKIDSS sources

Legacy site: modern website will appear in due course

UKIDSS is the next generation near-infrared sky survey, the successor to 2MASS. UKIDSS began in May 2005 and will survey 7500 square degrees of the Northern sky, extending over both high and low Galactic latitudes, in JHK to K=18.3. This depth is three magnitudes deeper than 2MASS. UKIDSS will be the true near-infrared counterpart to the Sloan survey, and will produce as well a panoramic clear atlas of the Galactic plane. In fact UKIDSS is made up of five surveys and includes two deep extra-Galactic elements, one covering 35 square degrees to K=21, and the other reaching K=23 over 0.77 square degrees.

The survey instrument is WFCAM on the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. WFCAM has four 2048x2048 Rockwell devices, at 94% spacing, as illustrated at the top. The pixel scale of 0.4 arcsec gives an exposed solid angle of 0.21 sq. degs.

Four of the principal quarry of UKIDSS are: the coolest and nearest brown dwarfs, high-redshift dusty starburst galaxies, elliptical galaxies and galaxy clusters at redshifts 1‹z‹2, and the highest-redshift quasars, at z=7. UKIDSS aims to discover the nearest object to the Sun (outside the solar system) as well as some of the farthest known objects in the Universe.

The UKIDSS Consortium is a collection of some 100 astronomers who are responsible for the design and execution of the survey. The data become available to the entire ESO community immediately they are entered into the archive. Release to the world follows 18 months after each release to ESO.

Science News

30 Jun 2011: Discovery of the first quasar with a redshift z>7 (artist's impression by Lynette Cook / Gemini). The source ULAS J1120+0641 z=7.085 hosts a black hole of 2 billion solar masses. Most interestingly the transmission spectrum around Lya has the characteristic profile of the predicted red damping wing of the inter-galactic medium. It appears that this is the first quasar discovered in the epoch of reionisation. For further info see the press releases from Gemini and ESO .

Science News archive

1 Jan 2013 UKIDSS' 400th journal paper has appeared in press.

1 June 2012 Talks now online from workshop "Science from UKIDSS IV"

22 May 2012 UKIDSS observations were completed today

25 Oct 2011 Euro Release of LAS, GCS, DXS DR9 took place today (current GPS, UDS is DR8).

25 Apr 2012 World Release of UKIDSS DR8 .