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The future of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Pioneering Panoptic Spectroscopy in the next decade

Physics/Astro Auditorium

José Sánchez-Gallego (UW)

December 5 @ 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one of the most successful and prolific projects in the history of Astronomy. In its fifth iteration SDSS-V (2020-2025) will provide a more comprehensive, global picture of the local universe by studying the interplay between galactic genesis, stellar and black hole processes, and the physics of the ISM. I will review the main science goals of the project, the exciting new hardware being implemented (robot fibre positioner, large IFU systems), and the operational challenges. In particular, I will describe the work that the Telescope Engineering Group at UW is carrying out to make SDSS-V a reality. As in its previous incarnations, SDSS-V remains committed to providing high-quality data products for the astronomical and educational communities. I will discuss some of the new ideas being developed for SDSS-V with regards to data reduction, release, archival, and visualisation.