BOSS Collaboration

by by Adam Bolton - Assistant Professor, Utah BOSS Conference Chairman

As part of the U’s institutional participation in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III), the Department hosted the first meeting of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) collaboration on 8-10 March 2010 in downtown Salt Lake City.


BOSS is a cornerstone of the SDSS-III, and is using the 2.5-meter SDSS telescope to measure the three-dimensional distribution of 1.5 million luminous galaxies over roughly one half trillion cubic light years: the largest volume ever mapped by any astronomical survey. Approximately 80 scientists attended the Salt Lake City meeting, representing collaborating institutions throughout the US, as well as in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the UK.

The meeting provided the first chance for all BOSS scientists to work together with data from the survey in hand, and played an essential role in solidifying the collaboration and planning the many scientific projects that are now being carried out using BOSS observations.