Date Published:October 1, 2006
We present a spectroscopic survey of almost 15000 candidateintermediate-redshift luminous red galaxies (LRGs) brighter than i =19.8, observed with 2dF on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The targetswere selected photometrically from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)and lie along two narrow equatorial strips covering 180 deg2.Reliable redshifts were obtained for 92 per cent of the targets and theselection is very efficient: over 90 per cent have 0.45 < z < 0.8.More than 80 per cent of the ~11000 red galaxies have pureabsorption-line spectra consistent with a passively evolving old stellarpopulation. The redshift, photometric and spatial distributions of theLRGs are described. The 2SLAQ data will be released publicly frommid-2006, providing a powerful resource for observational cosmology andthe study of galaxy evolution.