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SDSS-V: Pioneering Panoptic Spectroscopy, March 23rd 2018

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has revolutionised many areas of astronomy by providing deep multi-band imaging and millions of spectra of stars, quasars and galaxies. SDSS is now preparing its fifth experiment, "SDSS-V: Pioneering Panoptic Spectroscopy", which will obtain optical and infrared multi-object spectroscopy across the entire sky, as well as ultra wide-field optical integral field spectroscopy over ~3000deg2.

SDSS-V will consist of three surveys: The Milky Way Mapper (MWM) will target over 6 million stars across the Milky Way, collecting infra-red spectra with the APOGEE spectrograph and fiber-positioning system; the Black Hole Mapper (BHM) will target over 400,000 sources, primarily black holes, with the BOSS optical spectrograph, and the Local Volume Mapper (LVM) will collect more than 25 million contiguous spectra over 3,000 square degrees on the sky using a newly built integral-field spectrograph.

The goal of this meeting is to provide an overview of the scientific goals of SDSS-V, and to explore the opportunities for the participation of UK scientisits in the project. We will be joined by the SDSS-V project scientist, and representatives of MWM, BHM, and LVM.

The meeting will be held March 23rd, 10:00 to 16:00 in the Physics department at the University of Warwick. Please contact Boris Gaensicke ( to register, and for any further information.

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Local Information:

The meeting will be held 10:00 to 16:00 in P5.23, fifth floor in the Physics building (see the campus map below).

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