Science breakthroughs with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Results and opportunities

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The Sloan Digital Sky Survey represents a new paradigm for optical astronomy. It is a consortium involving several hundred astronomers from the US, Japan, and Germany, and aims to obtain basic photometric and spectroscopic data of a large representative region of the high Galactic latitude sky. Using a dedicated wide-field 2.5m telescope and unique instrumentation and software, it is imaging the sky in five photometric bands, and obtaining high-quality spectra of magnitude-limited samples of galaxies and quasars. Although the original survey goals are oriented towards large-scale structure studies, the survey is yielding major results in fields ranging from high-redshift quasars to Galactic structure, from studies of galaxy properties to asteroids, from brown dwarfs to fluctuations in the Earth's atmosphere. I will give a broad overview of some of these results and give thoughts on some of the types of results we can look forward to in the future of the survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventSurvey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 27 2002Aug 28 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Optical Imaging and Redshift Surveys


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