Badger Astronomers who worked on the launch of the Sloan 4

Jul 21, 2014

Sloan 4 has launoched a major program with three new surveys with capabilities to expand the census of the Universe. And Wisconsin Astronomers were part of the team making that possible.

Badgers on the team included:

Matt Bershady -I am the Project Scientist for all of SDSS-IV, responsible for the science success of all of the surveys. In addition, I have led the development of the fiber testing for MaNGA, and I have been involved in developing the MaNGA science case.

 

 

 

Aleks Diamond-Stanic - I am the Deputy Sample Design Lead for MaNGA which means that I do a lot of the same things that David Wake does (he is the Sample Design Lead).  My primary role has been in determining which 10,000 galaxies we will observe with MaNGA over the next 6 years (i.e., this is what David referred to as "target selection").

 

 

 

Sam Gabelt - My work as an Electronics Technician for MaNGA has included fabrication of printed circuit boards, connector and wiring harnesses,
plus assembly of the various components of the test stand and the optical bench.
 

 

 

Matt Haffner - As an expert in diffusely-ionized interstellar medium in our local universe, I helped strengthen the emission-line science case for MaNGA.

 

 

 

 

Eric Hooper - Marsha Wolf and I plan to extend our ongoing work with the WIYN Observatory on post-merger, post-starburst, and post-active nucleus galaxies.  The MaNGA sample of 10,000 galaxies will provide a rich hunting ground for galaxies at various stages of evolution. We will use the MaNGA spectra to study the star formation histories in galaxies plus data from radio surveys to probe the history of the active galactic nuclei in the same galaxies.  With these, we hope to reveal the merger, starburst, quasar timeline in the evolution of merging galaxies and unravel the interconnection between these facets of a galaxy's life cycle.

 

Kurt Jaehnig- I was involved in the design of the fiber test stand system architecture and the detailed
implementation of the electronics for the control system.

 

 

 

Jeff Percival -I’m responsible for programming the control system (motors and sensors) for the MaNGA Test Stand. I implemented device drivers for the camera, motors, and current sensors. I developed the algorithms for recognizing fibers and fiber bundles, and for performing the mechanical and optical alignment of the fibers and motor stages.

 

 

 

Christy Tremonti - I am one of the co-Chairs of MaNGA's Composition Strategic Committee and I have been heavily engaged in the survey's spectrophotometric calibration.

 

 

 

David Wake - I have led the target selection (i.e. choosing which galaxies we will observe) and the optimization of the survey design (i.e. trying to figure out the most efficient way to execute the survey and select the targets to maximize the science goals). I'm also involved in the plate design process (we have to drill holes in an aluminum plate into which we plug the IFU fibers at the positions of each galaxy), choosing how we position plates on the sky and which IFU goes on which galaxy).

 

 

Marsha Wolf - Eric Hooper and I plan to extend our ongoing work with the WIYN Observatory on post-merger, post-starburst, and post-active nucleus galaxies.  The MaNGA sample of 10,000 galaxies will provide a rich hunting ground for galaxies at various stages of evolution. We will use the MaNGA spectra to study the star formation histories in galaxies plus data from radio surveys to probe the history of the active galactic nuclei in the same galaxies.  With these, we hope to reveal the merger, starburst, quasar timeline in the evolution of merging galaxies and unravel the interconnection between these facets of a galaxy's life cycle.

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