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Events in Physics
Title: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 04/20/2009
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte
Speaker: Steve Kahn
Affiliation: Stanford

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a large-aperture, wide-field, ground-based optical telescope designed to provide a sensitive survey of the entire visible sky every few nights.  The resulting database will enable a vast array of diverse scientific investigations ranging from studies of small moving objects in the solar system to the derivation of precise constraints on the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole.  The development of LSST also involves a number of interesting technical challenges associated with its novel optical design, the requirement for an extremely large digital camera sensitive to the entire visible band of the spectrum, and the enormous data volume that this system will produce.  In this talk, I will review the scientific motivations for this exciting project and some of the details of the technical design.