The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Technical Summary


York DG, Adelman J, Anderson, John E. J, Anderson SF, Annis J, Bahcall NA, Bakken JA, Barkhouser R, Bastian S, Berman E, et al. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Technical Summary. The Astronomical Journal. 2000;120 :1579-1587.

Date Published:

September 1, 200


The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) will provide the data to supportdetailed investigations of the distribution of luminous and nonluminousmatter in the universe: a photometrically and astrometrically calibrateddigital imaging survey of π sr above about Galactic latitude 30°in five broad optical bands to a depth of g'~23 mag, and a spectroscopicsurvey of the approximately 106 brightest galaxies and105 brightest quasars found in the photometric object catalogproduced by the imaging survey. This paper summarizes the observationalparameters and data products of the SDSS and serves as an introductionto extensive technical on-line documentation.