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LSST: From Science Drivers To Reference Design And Anticipated Data Products

Lead Author: 
Ivezic, Zeljko et al.
Other Authors/Credits: 
Željko Ivezić, Steven M. Kahn, J. Anthony Tyson, Bob Abel, Emily Acosta, et al
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Foundation Documents
Citable: 
Yes

Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: A Community-Based Study of Needed US Capabilities

Lead Author: 
Najita, Joan
Other Authors/Credits: 
Willman, Beth; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Foley, Ryan J.; Hawley, Suzanne; Newman, Jeffrey A.; Rudnick, Gregory; Simon, Joshua D.; Trilling, David; Street, Rachel; Bolton, Adam; Angus, Ruth; Bell, Eric F.; Buzasi, Derek; Ciardi, David; Davenport, James R. A.; Dawson, Will; Dickinson, Mark; Drlica-...
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Reports & White Papers
A report on the Kavli Futures Symposium organized by NOAO and LSST
Journal or Publication name: 
Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: A Community-Based Study of Needed US Capabilities
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will be a discovery machine for the astronomy and physics communities, revealing astrophysical phenomena from the Solar System to the outer reaches of the observable Universe. While many discoveries will be made using LSST data alone, taking full...

CNSF Poster

Lead Author: 
Acosta, Emily
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016
N/A
Image-95

This poster is from when LSST exhibited at the 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 7, 2013. The American Astronomical Society is a member of CNSF and sponsored LSST to participate in...

Citable: 
no

A daytime measurement of the lunar contribution to the night sky brightness in LSST's ugrizy bands-initial results

Lead Author: 
Coughlin, Michael
Other Authors/Credits: 
Stubbs, Christopher; Claver, Chuck
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Journal Articles
DOI 10.1007/S10686-016-9494-1
Journal or Publication name: 
Experimental Astronomy
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
We report measurements from which we determine the spatial structure of the lunar contribution to night sky brightness, taken at the LSST site on Cerro Pachon in Chile. We use an array of six photodiodes with filters that approximate the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's u, g, r, i, z, and y bands...

LSST Observing Strategy

Lead Author: 
Ivezic, Zeljko
Publication Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2016
Conference Papers
The science of the LSST will, in part, be driven by how it observes the sky (the footprint and cadence of the survey). I provide a brief overview of the ongoing community and Project work on LSST observing strategy, and pointers for how to join this effort.
Journal or Publication name: 
American Astronomical Society Proceedings
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
The science of the LSST will, in part, be driven by how it observes the sky (the footprint and cadence of the survey). I provide a brief overview of the ongoing community and Project work on LSST observing strategy, and pointers for how to join this effort.

Monthly Progress Update for October 2015

Lead Author: 
Krabbendam, Victor
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 30, 2015
Reports to Stakeholders
Report-221
Citable: 
no

Asteroid Discovery and Characterization with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

Lead Author: 
Jones, R. Lynne
Other Authors/Credits: 
Juric, Mario; Ivezic, Zeljko
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Journal or Publication name: 
IAU-318 "Asteroids: New Observations, New Models" Symposium Proceedings...
Citable: 
Yes
Abstract: 
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will be a ground-based, optical, all-sky, rapid cadence survey project with tremendous potential for discovering and characterizing asteroids. With LSST's large 6.5m diameter primary mirror, a wide 9.6 square degree field of view 3.2 Gigapixel camera, and...

Monthly Progress Update for September 2015

Lead Author: 
Krabbendam, Victor
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015
Reports to Stakeholders
Report-211
Citable: 
no

Science with Large Surveys

Lead Author: 
Juric, Mario
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Meeting presentations
Document-18434
Citable: 
no

Atmospheric point spread function interpolation for weak lensing in short exposure imaging data

Lead Author: 
Chang, Chiway et al.
Other Authors/Credits: 
Marshall, P. J.; Jernigan, J. G.; Peterson, J. R.; Kahn, S. M.; Gull, S. F.; AlSayyad, Y.; Ahmad, Z.; Bankert, J.; Bard, D.; Connolly, A.; Gibson, R. R.; Gilmore, K.; Grace, E.; Hannel, M.; Hodge, M. A.; Jones, L.; Krughoff, S.; Lorenz, S.; Marshall, S.; Meert, A.; Nagarajan, S.; Peng, E.;...
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2015
Journal Articles
Journal or Publication name: 
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
A main science goal for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is to measure the cosmic shear signal from weak lensing to extreme accuracy. One difficulty, however, is that with the short exposure time (≃15 s) proposed, the spatial variation of the point spread function (PSF) shapes may be...

Simulation of Astronomical Images from Optical Survey Telescopes using a Comprehensive Photon Monte Carlo Approach

Lead Author: 
Peterson, J.R. et al.
Other Authors/Credits: 
Jernigan, J. G.; Kahn, S. M.; Rasmussen, A. P.; Peng, E.; Ahmad, Z.; Bankert, J.; Chang, C.; Claver, C.; Gilmore, D. K.; Grace, E.; Hannel, M.; Hodge, M.; Lorenz, S.; Lupu, A.; Meert, A.; Nagarajan, S.; Todd, N.; Winans, A.; Young, M.
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Journal Articles
Journal or Publication name: 
The Astrophysical Journal
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
We present a comprehensive methodology for the simulation of astronomical images from optical survey telescopes. We use a photon Monte Carlo approach to construct images by sampling photons from models of astronomical source populations, and then simulating those photons through the system as they...

Impact of Atmospheric Chromatic Effects on Weak Lensing Measurements

Lead Author: 
Meyers, Joshua E. and Burchat, Patricia R.
Publication Date: 
Monday, September 1, 2014
Journal Articles
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
Current and future imaging surveys will measure cosmic shear with statistical precision that demands a deeper understanding of potential systematic biases in galaxy shape measurements than has been achieved to date. We use analytic and computational techniques to study the impact on shape...

LSST optical beam simulator

Lead Author: 
Tyson, J. Anthony et al.
Other Authors/Credits: 
J. Sasian ; K. Gilmore ; A. Bradshaw ; C. Claver ; M. Klint ; G. Muller ; G. Poczulp ; E. Resseguie
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Conference Papers
SPIE
Publication-23
Journal or Publication name: 
SPIE Proceedings
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
We describe a camera beam simulator for the LSST which is capable of illuminating a 60mm field at f/1.2 with realistic astronomical scenes, enabling studies of CCD astrometric and photometric performance. The goal is to fully simulate LSST observing, in order to characterize charge transport and...

LSST and the Physics of the Dark Universe

Lead Author: 
Tyson, J. Anthony
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 17, 2014
Meeting presentations
Document-16275
Citable: 
no

A new method to improve photometric redshift reconstruction Applications to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Lead Author: 
Gorecki, Alexia et al.
Other Authors/Credits: 
Abate, Alexandra; Ansari, Réza; Barrau, Aurélien; Baumont, Sylvain; Moniez, Marc; Ricol, Jean-Stéphane
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Journal Articles
Journal or Publication name: 
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Citable: 
no
Abstract: 
Context. In the next decade, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will become a major facility for the astronomical community. However, accurately determining the redshifts of the observed galaxies without using spectroscopy is a major challenge. Aims. Reconstruction of the redshifts with...

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Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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