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LSST: Survey Design and Community Interfaces

by Carolyn Hunsinger last modified Apr 25, 2013

Gregory Dubois-Felsmann (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

LSST: Survey Design and Community Interfaces


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will perform a ten-year survey of the southern sky, collecting deep and time-resolved data enabling the investigation of a wide range of scientific questions: the nature and distribution of dark energy and dark matter, the evolution of cosmological structure, the history and structure of the Milky Way, the structure of the Solar System, and the astrophysical time domain. We will present the current thinking on the design of the LSST main and deep drilling surveys, including a description of the cadence and coverage of the surveys, and the flexibility we have to modify the survey design during the construction of LSST or during operations. We will discuss the systems for the sharing of data with the astronomical community and other observatories, including notifications of transient events detected by LSST, with a focus on the opportunities for the combination of radio surveys with the LSST data, and the follow-up in radio wavelengths on transients observed by LSST.