In 2008, eleven separate quasi-independent science collaborations were formed to focus on a broad range of topics in astronomy and cosmology that the LSST could address. Members of these collaborations have been instrumental in helping to develop the science case for LSST (encapsulated in the LSST Science Book) to refine the concepts for the survey and for the data processing, and to educate other scientists and the public about the promise of this unique observatory. The scientific questions that the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) project will address are profound and it would be impossible to list all the possible projects that the data will enable. Read more about LSST science goals.
The Science Collaborations are committed to continuing to work closely with LSSTC to help guide private funds to programs and activities that have broad scientific value. Click here for the Letter of Endorsement of LSST Corporation by the LSST Science Collaborations.
Science Collaboration Publication Policies
Each Science Collaboration develops its own publication policy, based on a template policy that can be used, revised, or expanded as it fits (Word (link is external), PDF (link is external), Gooogle Doc (link is external)). See the first page of the template for more details.
There are currently eight active Rubin Observatory LSST Science Collaborations. Additional information about their work and membership can be found at the links below or by contacting the individual chairs, or the LSSTC Science Collaborations Coordinator (LSSTCSCC), Federica Bianco.
DM Liaison: Dan TaranuWilliam Clarkson (University of Michigan-Dearborn); John Gizis (University of Delaware); Peregrine McGehee (College of the Canyons);
DM Liaison: Colin SlaterMeg Schwamb (Queen's University Belfast); David Trilling (Northern Arizona University);
DM Liaison: Mario JurićPatricia Burchat (Stanford University); Rachel Mandelbaum (Carnegie Mellon University); Niel Brandt (Pennsylvania State University);
DM Liaison: Yusra AlSayyadFederica Bianco (University of Delaware); Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory); Timo Anguita (Universidad Andres Bello); Aprajita Verma (University of Oxford);
DM Liaison: Jim BoschTom Loredo (Cornell University); Chad Schafer (Carnegie Mellon University);
DM Liaison: Leanne Guy
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