4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Location: SLC 1.102
Dr. Ohad Shemmer (UNT)
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) has been identified by the National Academy of Sciences as the highest priority ground-based observatory of the next decade. With its 8-meter aperture, LSST is designed to monitor frequently about 20,000 square degrees of the southern skies using six photometric bands for ten years. I will provide an overview of the LSST project and highlight its key science goals. In particular, I will describe how LSST will revolutionize our understanding of quasars and how such sources will be utilized as cosmological probes. I will conclude with describing the main challenges the astronomical community will face in light of the enormous data output from the telescope and the steps it is taking in preparation for LSST operations.