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Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV

After the end of SDSS-III in June 2014, the Sloan Foundation 2.5m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory will remain the world's premier wide-field spectroscopic facility. The Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) has been planning the next-generation SDSS project taking advantage of this unique resource from 2014 through 2020. Beginning in mid-2010, ARC sought proposals for use of the telescope. In November 2011, ARC chose the following programs for the SDSS-IV project:

In October 2012, we reached an important milestone: the Sloan Foundation approved a key piece of our funding. We are currently developing the survey plans, building the necessary new infrastructure for this project, and seeking partners for this project. Like previous generations of the SDSS, we expect participation and contributions from a broad set of institutions world-wide.

For more information about the project, please consult the following documents:

If you would like further information or have questions, please contact the Principal Investigators listed in the description of each survey, or Director, Project Scientist or Project Spokesperson, listed below.

Director Project ScientistProject Spokesperson
Michael Blanton Matthew BershadyJennifer Johnson
Department of Physics Department of AstronomyOhio State University
4 Washington Place 2535 Sterling HallDepartment of Astronomy
New York University 475 N. Charter St.140 West 18th Avenue
New York, NY 10003, USA University of WisconsinColumbus, OH 43210, USA
+1-212-998-7770 Madison, WI 53706, USA+1-614-292-6543
michael.blanton -at- +1-608-265-3392jaj -at-
mab -at-

In addition to the individuals working on each survey (listed at left) we have several people leading our common efforts:

The project is overseen by an Advisory Council on behalf of the Participating Institutions and the ARC Board. Keivan Stassun (Vanderbilt University) is Chair of the Advisory Council.