The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey

Jennifer K. Adelman-McCarthy, Marcel A. Agüeros, Sahar S. Allam, Carlos Allende Prieto, Kurt S J Anderson, Scott F. Anderson, James Annis, Neta A. Bahcall, C. A L Bailer-Jones, Ivan K. Baldry, J. C. Barentine, Bruce A. Bassett, Andrew C. Becker, Timothy C. Beers, Eric F. Bell, Andreas A. Berlind, Mariangela Bernardi, Michael R. Blanton, John J. Bochanski, William N. Boroski & 143 others Jarle Brinchmann, J. Brinkmann, Robert J. Brunner, Tamas Budavári, Samuel Carliles, Michael A. Carr, Francisco J. Castander, David Cinabro, R. J. Cool, Kevin R. Covey, I. Csabai, Carlos E. Cunha, James R A Davenport, Ben Dilday, Mamoru Doi, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Michael L. Evans, Xiaohui Fan, Douglas P. Finkbeiner, Scott D. Friedman, Joshua A. Frieman, Masataka Fukugita, Boris T. Gänsicke, Evalyn Gates, Bruce Gillespie, Karl Glazebrook, Jim Gray, Eva K. Grebel, James E. Gunn, Vijay K. Gurbani, Patrick B. Hall, Paul Harding, Michael Harvanek, Suzanne L. Hawley, Jeffrey Hayes, Timothy M. Heckman, John S. Hendry, Robert B. Hindsley, Christopher M. Hirata, Craig J. Hogan, David W. Hogg, Joseph B. Hyde, Shin Ichi Ichikawa, Željko Ivezić, Sebastian Jester, Jennifer A. Johnson, Anders M. Jorgensen, Mario Jurić, Stephen M. Kent, R. Kessler, S. J. Kleinman, G. R. Knapp, Richard G. Krön, Jurek Krzesinski, Nikolay Kuropatkin, Donald Q. Lamb, Hubert Lampeitl, Svetlana Lebedeva, Young Sun Lee, R. French Leger, Sébastien Lépine, Marcos Lima, Huan Lin, Daniel C. Long, Craig P. Loomis, Jon Loveday, Robert H. Lupton, Olena Malanushenko, Viktor Malanushenko, Rachel Mandelbaum, Bruce Margon, John P. Marriner, David Martínez-Delgado, Takahiko Matsubara, Peregrine M. McGehee, Timothy A. McKay, Avery Meiksin, Heather L. Morrison, Jeffrey A. Munn, Reiko Nakajima, Eric H. Neilsen, Heidi Jo Newberg, Robert C. Nichol, Tom Nicinski, Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Atsuko Nitta, Sadanori Okamura, Russell Owen, Hiroaki Oyaizu, Nikhil Padmanabhan, Kaike Pan, Changbom Park, John Peoples, Jeffrey R. Pier, Adrian C. Pope, Norbert Purger, M. Jordan Raddick, Paola Re Fiorentin, Gordon T. Richards, Michael W. Richmond, Adam G. Riess, Hans Walter Rix, Constance M. Rockosi, Masao Sako, David J. Schlegel, Donald P. Schneider, Matthias R. Schreiber, Axel D. Schwope, Uroš Seljak, Branimir Sesar, Erin Sheldon, Kazu Shimasaku, Thirupathi Sivarani, J. Allyn Smith, Stephanie A. Snedden, Matthias Steinmetz, Michael A. Strauss, Mark Subbarao, Yasushi Suto, Alexander S. Szalay, I. Szapudi, Paula Szkody, Max Tegmark, Aniruddha R. Thakar, Christy A. Tremonti, Douglas L. Tucker, Alan Uomoto, Daniel E. Vanden Berk, Jan Vandenberg, S. Vidrih, Michael S. Vogeley, Wolfgang Voges, Nicole P. Vogt, Yogesh Wadadekar, David H. Weinberg, Andrew A. West, Simon D M White, Brian C. Wilhite, Brian Yanny, D. R. Yocum, Donald G. York, Idit Zehavi, Daniel B. Zucker

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Abstract

This paper describes the Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With this data release, the imaging of the northern Galactic cap is now complete. The survey contains images and parameters of roughly 287 million objects over 9583 deg2, including scans over a large range of Galactic latitudes and longitudes. The survey also includes 1.27 million spectra of stars, galaxies, quasars, and blank sky (for sky subtraction) selected over 7425 deg2. This release includes much more stellar spectroscopy than was available in previous data releases and also includes detailed estimates of stellar temperatures, gravities, and metallicities. The results of improved photometric calibration are now available, with uncertainties of roughly 1% in g, r, i, and z, and 2% in u, substantially better than the uncertainties in previous data releases. The spectra in this data release have improved wavelength and flux calibration, especially in the extreme blue and extreme red, leading to the qualitatively better determination of stellar types and radial velocities. The spectrophotometric fluxes are now tied to point-spread function magnitudes of stars rather than fiber magnitudes. This gives more robust results in the presence of seeing variations, but also implies a change in the spectrophotometric scale, which is now brighter by roughly 0.35 mag. Systematic errors in the velocity dispersions of galaxies have been fixed, and the results of two independent codes for determining spectral classifications and redshifts are made available. Additional spectral outputs are made available, including calibrated spectra from individual 15 minute exposures and the sky spectrum subtracted from each exposure. We also quantify a recently recognized underestimation of the brightnesses of galaxies of large angular extent due to poor sky subtraction; the bias can exceed 0.2 mag for galaxies brighter than r = 14 mag.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-313
Number of pages17
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume175
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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Keywords

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Adelman-McCarthy, J. K., Agüeros, M. A., Allam, S. S., Prieto, C. A., Anderson, K. S. J., Anderson, S. F., ... Zucker, D. B. (2008). The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 175(2), 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1086/524984

The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey. / Adelman-McCarthy, Jennifer K.; Agüeros, Marcel A.; Allam, Sahar S.; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Anderson, Kurt S J; Anderson, Scott F.; Annis, James; Bahcall, Neta A.; Bailer-Jones, C. A L; Baldry, Ivan K.; Barentine, J. C.; Bassett, Bruce A.; Becker, Andrew C.; Beers, Timothy C.; Bell, Eric F.; Berlind, Andreas A.; Bernardi, Mariangela; Blanton, Michael R.; Bochanski, John J.; Boroski, William N.; Brinchmann, Jarle; Brinkmann, J.; Brunner, Robert J.; Budavári, Tamas; Carliles, Samuel; Carr, Michael A.; Castander, Francisco J.; Cinabro, David; Cool, R. J.; Covey, Kevin R.; Csabai, I.; Cunha, Carlos E.; Davenport, James R A; Dilday, Ben; Doi, Mamoru; Eisenstein, Daniel J.; Evans, Michael L.; Fan, Xiaohui; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Friedman, Scott D.; Frieman, Joshua A.; Fukugita, Masataka; Gänsicke, Boris T.; Gates, Evalyn; Gillespie, Bruce; Glazebrook, Karl; Gray, Jim; Grebel, Eva K.; Gunn, James E.; Gurbani, Vijay K.; Hall, Patrick B.; Harding, Paul; Harvanek, Michael; Hawley, Suzanne L.; Hayes, Jeffrey; Heckman, Timothy M.; Hendry, John S.; Hindsley, Robert B.; Hirata, Christopher M.; Hogan, Craig J.; Hogg, David W.; Hyde, Joseph B.; Ichikawa, Shin Ichi; Ivezić, Željko; Jester, Sebastian; Johnson, Jennifer A.; Jorgensen, Anders M.; Jurić, Mario; Kent, Stephen M.; Kessler, R.; Kleinman, S. J.; Knapp, G. R.; Krön, Richard G.; Krzesinski, Jurek; Kuropatkin, Nikolay; Lamb, Donald Q.; Lampeitl, Hubert; Lebedeva, Svetlana; Lee, Young Sun; Leger, R. French; Lépine, Sébastien; Lima, Marcos; Lin, Huan; Long, Daniel C.; Loomis, Craig P.; Loveday, Jon; Lupton, Robert H.; Malanushenko, Olena; Malanushenko, Viktor; Mandelbaum, Rachel; Margon, Bruce; Marriner, John P.; Martínez-Delgado, David; Matsubara, Takahiko; McGehee, Peregrine M.; McKay, Timothy A.; Meiksin, Avery; Morrison, Heather L.; Munn, Jeffrey A.; Nakajima, Reiko; Neilsen, Eric H.; Newberg, Heidi Jo; Nichol, Robert C.; Nicinski, Tom; Nieto-Santisteban, Maria; Nitta, Atsuko; Okamura, Sadanori; Owen, Russell; Oyaizu, Hiroaki; Padmanabhan, Nikhil; Pan, Kaike; Park, Changbom; Peoples, John; Pier, Jeffrey R.; Pope, Adrian C.; Purger, Norbert; Raddick, M. Jordan; Fiorentin, Paola Re; Richards, Gordon T.; Richmond, Michael W.; Riess, Adam G.; Rix, Hans Walter; Rockosi, Constance M.; Sako, Masao; Schlegel, David J.; Schneider, Donald P.; Schreiber, Matthias R.; Schwope, Axel D.; Seljak, Uroš; Sesar, Branimir; Sheldon, Erin; Shimasaku, Kazu; Sivarani, Thirupathi; Smith, J. Allyn; Snedden, Stephanie A.; Steinmetz, Matthias; Strauss, Michael A.; Subbarao, Mark; Suto, Yasushi; Szalay, Alexander S.; Szapudi, I.; Szkody, Paula; Tegmark, Max; Thakar, Aniruddha R.; Tremonti, Christy A.; Tucker, Douglas L.; Uomoto, Alan; Vanden Berk, Daniel E.; Vandenberg, Jan; Vidrih, S.; Vogeley, Michael S.; Voges, Wolfgang; Vogt, Nicole P.; Wadadekar, Yogesh; Weinberg, David H.; West, Andrew A.; White, Simon D M; Wilhite, Brian C.; Yanny, Brian; Yocum, D. R.; York, Donald G.; Zehavi, Idit; Zucker, Daniel B.

In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, Vol. 175, No. 2, 04.2008, p. 297-313.

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Adelman-McCarthy, JK, Agüeros, MA, Allam, SS, Prieto, CA, Anderson, KSJ, Anderson, SF, Annis, J, Bahcall, NA, Bailer-Jones, CAL, Baldry, IK, Barentine, JC, Bassett, BA, Becker, AC, Beers, TC, Bell, EF, Berlind, AA, Bernardi, M, Blanton, MR, Bochanski, JJ, Boroski, WN, Brinchmann, J, Brinkmann, J, Brunner, RJ, Budavári, T, Carliles, S, Carr, MA, Castander, FJ, Cinabro, D, Cool, RJ, Covey, KR, Csabai, I, Cunha, CE, Davenport, JRA, Dilday, B, Doi, M, Eisenstein, DJ, Evans, ML, Fan, X, Finkbeiner, DP, Friedman, SD, Frieman, JA, Fukugita, M, Gänsicke, BT, Gates, E, Gillespie, B, Glazebrook, K, Gray, J, Grebel, EK, Gunn, JE, Gurbani, VK, Hall, PB, Harding, P, Harvanek, M, Hawley, SL, Hayes, J, Heckman, TM, Hendry, JS, Hindsley, RB, Hirata, CM, Hogan, CJ, Hogg, DW, Hyde, JB, Ichikawa, SI, Ivezić, Ž, Jester, S, Johnson, JA, Jorgensen, AM, Jurić, M, Kent, SM, Kessler, R, Kleinman, SJ, Knapp, GR, Krön, RG, Krzesinski, J, Kuropatkin, N, Lamb, DQ, Lampeitl, H, Lebedeva, S, Lee, YS, Leger, RF, Lépine, S, Lima, M, Lin, H, Long, DC, Loomis, CP, Loveday, J, Lupton, RH, Malanushenko, O, Malanushenko, V, Mandelbaum, R, Margon, B, Marriner, JP, Martínez-Delgado, D, Matsubara, T, McGehee, PM, McKay, TA, Meiksin, A, Morrison, HL, Munn, JA, Nakajima, R, Neilsen, EH, Newberg, HJ, Nichol, RC, Nicinski, T, Nieto-Santisteban, M, Nitta, A, Okamura, S, Owen, R, Oyaizu, H, Padmanabhan, N, Pan, K, Park, C, Peoples, J, Pier, JR, Pope, AC, Purger, N, Raddick, MJ, Fiorentin, PR, Richards, GT, Richmond, MW, Riess, AG, Rix, HW, Rockosi, CM, Sako, M, Schlegel, DJ, Schneider, DP, Schreiber, MR, Schwope, AD, Seljak, U, Sesar, B, Sheldon, E, Shimasaku, K, Sivarani, T, Smith, JA, Snedden, SA, Steinmetz, M, Strauss, MA, Subbarao, M, Suto, Y, Szalay, AS, Szapudi, I, Szkody, P, Tegmark, M, Thakar, AR, Tremonti, CA, Tucker, DL, Uomoto, A, Vanden Berk, DE, Vandenberg, J, Vidrih, S, Vogeley, MS, Voges, W, Vogt, NP, Wadadekar, Y, Weinberg, DH, West, AA, White, SDM, Wilhite, BC, Yanny, B, Yocum, DR, York, DG, Zehavi, I & Zucker, DB 2008, 'The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey', Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, vol. 175, no. 2, pp. 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1086/524984
Adelman-McCarthy JK, Agüeros MA, Allam SS, Prieto CA, Anderson KSJ, Anderson SF et al. The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 2008 Apr;175(2):297-313. https://doi.org/10.1086/524984
Adelman-McCarthy, Jennifer K. ; Agüeros, Marcel A. ; Allam, Sahar S. ; Prieto, Carlos Allende ; Anderson, Kurt S J ; Anderson, Scott F. ; Annis, James ; Bahcall, Neta A. ; Bailer-Jones, C. A L ; Baldry, Ivan K. ; Barentine, J. C. ; Bassett, Bruce A. ; Becker, Andrew C. ; Beers, Timothy C. ; Bell, Eric F. ; Berlind, Andreas A. ; Bernardi, Mariangela ; Blanton, Michael R. ; Bochanski, John J. ; Boroski, William N. ; Brinchmann, Jarle ; Brinkmann, J. ; Brunner, Robert J. ; Budavári, Tamas ; Carliles, Samuel ; Carr, Michael A. ; Castander, Francisco J. ; Cinabro, David ; Cool, R. J. ; Covey, Kevin R. ; Csabai, I. ; Cunha, Carlos E. ; Davenport, James R A ; Dilday, Ben ; Doi, Mamoru ; Eisenstein, Daniel J. ; Evans, Michael L. ; Fan, Xiaohui ; Finkbeiner, Douglas P. ; Friedman, Scott D. ; Frieman, Joshua A. ; Fukugita, Masataka ; Gänsicke, Boris T. ; Gates, Evalyn ; Gillespie, Bruce ; Glazebrook, Karl ; Gray, Jim ; Grebel, Eva K. ; Gunn, James E. ; Gurbani, Vijay K. ; Hall, Patrick B. ; Harding, Paul ; Harvanek, Michael ; Hawley, Suzanne L. ; Hayes, Jeffrey ; Heckman, Timothy M. ; Hendry, John S. ; Hindsley, Robert B. ; Hirata, Christopher M. ; Hogan, Craig J. ; Hogg, David W. ; Hyde, Joseph B. ; Ichikawa, Shin Ichi ; Ivezić, Željko ; Jester, Sebastian ; Johnson, Jennifer A. ; Jorgensen, Anders M. ; Jurić, Mario ; Kent, Stephen M. ; Kessler, R. ; Kleinman, S. J. ; Knapp, G. R. ; Krön, Richard G. ; Krzesinski, Jurek ; Kuropatkin, Nikolay ; Lamb, Donald Q. ; Lampeitl, Hubert ; Lebedeva, Svetlana ; Lee, Young Sun ; Leger, R. French ; Lépine, Sébastien ; Lima, Marcos ; Lin, Huan ; Long, Daniel C. ; Loomis, Craig P. ; Loveday, Jon ; Lupton, Robert H. ; Malanushenko, Olena ; Malanushenko, Viktor ; Mandelbaum, Rachel ; Margon, Bruce ; Marriner, John P. ; Martínez-Delgado, David ; Matsubara, Takahiko ; McGehee, Peregrine M. ; McKay, Timothy A. ; Meiksin, Avery ; Morrison, Heather L. ; Munn, Jeffrey A. ; Nakajima, Reiko ; Neilsen, Eric H. ; Newberg, Heidi Jo ; Nichol, Robert C. ; Nicinski, Tom ; Nieto-Santisteban, Maria ; Nitta, Atsuko ; Okamura, Sadanori ; Owen, Russell ; Oyaizu, Hiroaki ; Padmanabhan, Nikhil ; Pan, Kaike ; Park, Changbom ; Peoples, John ; Pier, Jeffrey R. ; Pope, Adrian C. ; Purger, Norbert ; Raddick, M. Jordan ; Fiorentin, Paola Re ; Richards, Gordon T. ; Richmond, Michael W. ; Riess, Adam G. ; Rix, Hans Walter ; Rockosi, Constance M. ; Sako, Masao ; Schlegel, David J. ; Schneider, Donald P. ; Schreiber, Matthias R. ; Schwope, Axel D. ; Seljak, Uroš ; Sesar, Branimir ; Sheldon, Erin ; Shimasaku, Kazu ; Sivarani, Thirupathi ; Smith, J. Allyn ; Snedden, Stephanie A. ; Steinmetz, Matthias ; Strauss, Michael A. ; Subbarao, Mark ; Suto, Yasushi ; Szalay, Alexander S. ; Szapudi, I. ; Szkody, Paula ; Tegmark, Max ; Thakar, Aniruddha R. ; Tremonti, Christy A. ; Tucker, Douglas L. ; Uomoto, Alan ; Vanden Berk, Daniel E. ; Vandenberg, Jan ; Vidrih, S. ; Vogeley, Michael S. ; Voges, Wolfgang ; Vogt, Nicole P. ; Wadadekar, Yogesh ; Weinberg, David H. ; West, Andrew A. ; White, Simon D M ; Wilhite, Brian C. ; Yanny, Brian ; Yocum, D. R. ; York, Donald G. ; Zehavi, Idit ; Zucker, Daniel B. / The sixth data release of the sloan digital sky survey. In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 2008 ; Vol. 175, No. 2. pp. 297-313.
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AU - Seljak, Uroš

AU - Sesar, Branimir

AU - Sheldon, Erin

AU - Shimasaku, Kazu

AU - Sivarani, Thirupathi

AU - Smith, J. Allyn

AU - Snedden, Stephanie A.

AU - Steinmetz, Matthias

AU - Strauss, Michael A.

AU - Subbarao, Mark

AU - Suto, Yasushi

AU - Szalay, Alexander S.

AU - Szapudi, I.

AU - Szkody, Paula

AU - Tegmark, Max

AU - Thakar, Aniruddha R.

AU - Tremonti, Christy A.

AU - Tucker, Douglas L.

AU - Uomoto, Alan

AU - Vanden Berk, Daniel E.

AU - Vandenberg, Jan

AU - Vidrih, S.

AU - Vogeley, Michael S.

AU - Voges, Wolfgang

AU - Vogt, Nicole P.

AU - Wadadekar, Yogesh

AU - Weinberg, David H.

AU - West, Andrew A.

AU - White, Simon D M

AU - Wilhite, Brian C.

AU - Yanny, Brian

AU - Yocum, D. R.

AU - York, Donald G.

AU - Zehavi, Idit

AU - Zucker, Daniel B.

PY - 2008/4

Y1 - 2008/4

N2 - This paper describes the Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With this data release, the imaging of the northern Galactic cap is now complete. The survey contains images and parameters of roughly 287 million objects over 9583 deg2, including scans over a large range of Galactic latitudes and longitudes. The survey also includes 1.27 million spectra of stars, galaxies, quasars, and blank sky (for sky subtraction) selected over 7425 deg2. This release includes much more stellar spectroscopy than was available in previous data releases and also includes detailed estimates of stellar temperatures, gravities, and metallicities. The results of improved photometric calibration are now available, with uncertainties of roughly 1% in g, r, i, and z, and 2% in u, substantially better than the uncertainties in previous data releases. The spectra in this data release have improved wavelength and flux calibration, especially in the extreme blue and extreme red, leading to the qualitatively better determination of stellar types and radial velocities. The spectrophotometric fluxes are now tied to point-spread function magnitudes of stars rather than fiber magnitudes. This gives more robust results in the presence of seeing variations, but also implies a change in the spectrophotometric scale, which is now brighter by roughly 0.35 mag. Systematic errors in the velocity dispersions of galaxies have been fixed, and the results of two independent codes for determining spectral classifications and redshifts are made available. Additional spectral outputs are made available, including calibrated spectra from individual 15 minute exposures and the sky spectrum subtracted from each exposure. We also quantify a recently recognized underestimation of the brightnesses of galaxies of large angular extent due to poor sky subtraction; the bias can exceed 0.2 mag for galaxies brighter than r = 14 mag.

AB - This paper describes the Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With this data release, the imaging of the northern Galactic cap is now complete. The survey contains images and parameters of roughly 287 million objects over 9583 deg2, including scans over a large range of Galactic latitudes and longitudes. The survey also includes 1.27 million spectra of stars, galaxies, quasars, and blank sky (for sky subtraction) selected over 7425 deg2. This release includes much more stellar spectroscopy than was available in previous data releases and also includes detailed estimates of stellar temperatures, gravities, and metallicities. The results of improved photometric calibration are now available, with uncertainties of roughly 1% in g, r, i, and z, and 2% in u, substantially better than the uncertainties in previous data releases. The spectra in this data release have improved wavelength and flux calibration, especially in the extreme blue and extreme red, leading to the qualitatively better determination of stellar types and radial velocities. The spectrophotometric fluxes are now tied to point-spread function magnitudes of stars rather than fiber magnitudes. This gives more robust results in the presence of seeing variations, but also implies a change in the spectrophotometric scale, which is now brighter by roughly 0.35 mag. Systematic errors in the velocity dispersions of galaxies have been fixed, and the results of two independent codes for determining spectral classifications and redshifts are made available. Additional spectral outputs are made available, including calibrated spectra from individual 15 minute exposures and the sky spectrum subtracted from each exposure. We also quantify a recently recognized underestimation of the brightnesses of galaxies of large angular extent due to poor sky subtraction; the bias can exceed 0.2 mag for galaxies brighter than r = 14 mag.

KW - Atlases

KW - Catalogs

KW - Surveys

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U2 - 10.1086/524984

DO - 10.1086/524984

M3 - Article

VL - 175

SP - 297

EP - 313

JO - Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series

JF - Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series

SN - 0067-0049

IS - 2

ER -