Enrico Fermi Institute Mini-Symposium:

Recent Results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

March 8, 2002 in RI 480

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is an on-going 5-year optical survey of the sky being carried out with a dedicated 2.5m telescope at Apache Point Observatory in southern New Mexico. The Survey is operated by an international consortium of institutions, including the University of Chicago. Covering roughly 1/4 of the Northern sky, the SDSS will comprise a photometric (CCD) imaging survey of 100 million objects in 5 wavebands, a magnitude-limited spectroscopic (redshift) survey of about 900,000 galaxies and 100,000 quasars, and a nearly volume-limited redshift survey of 100,000 luminous red galaxies. The southern SDSS will include repeated imaging of a 225 square degree region, enabling a deeper co-added survey as well as study of transient phenomena.

This mini-symposium will highlight some of the early science results from the SDSS, with particular emphasis on the large-scale structure of the Universe.

Preliminary Agenda

11:00 Josh Frieman, Fermilab/University of Chicago
  • Introduction to the SDSS
11:15 Brian Lee, Fermilab
  • Gamma-ray burst afterglows in SDSS
11:40 Mark Subbarao, University of Chicago
  • Visualization of the SDSS data for Large-scale Structure: demonstration
12:05 Lunch provided
12:20 CfCP Lunch Seminar: Gus Evrard, University of Michigan
  • Precision Studies with Galaxy Clusters?
1:30 Dave Johnston, University of Chicago
  • Gravitationally lensed quasars in SDSS: probing dark matter & cosmology
2:00 Tim McKay, University of Michigan
  • Weak Lensing in SDSS: probing dark matter & cosmology
2:30 Break
3:00 Lam Hui, Columbia
  • Clustering in the Lyman-alpha forest
3:30 Ryan Scranton, University of Chicago
  • Galaxy Clustering in the Photometric Survey
4:00 Idit Zehavi, University of Chicago
  • Galaxy Clustering in the Spectroscopic Survey
4:30 End

Links: University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute, Other EFI Talks, Center for Cosmological Physics, Directions, Map.

Contacts: Josh Frieman, Rich Kron