Introduction to the SDSS-V Milky Way Mapper

Date: 
11/10/2021 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Blazer Dining 339 (on zoom)
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Nathan De Lee (NKU)
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The fifth incarnation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) began taking data last year and is in the process of transitioning to the use of a robotic positioning system. I will described the SDSS-V Milky Way Mapper program and its goals. The first of its major goals is to understand the history and structure of the Milky Way. Following upon work done with the APOGEE-1 and 2 surveys the Milky Way Mapper will use approximately 6 million stars to trace out the detailed structure of the Galaxy. The second major goal is to understand stellar astrophysics. The Milky Way Mapper contains several smaller programs called cartons, whose goals cover a wide variety of stellar candidates including white dwarfs, binary stars, young stellar objects, planet hosts, asteroseismology targets and x-ray binaries. These cartons will allow us to explore all sorts of interesting topics that can only be done with a large-scale spectroscopic survey. I will give updates on the current progress of the survey, and lay out our plans for the future.
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