Spectroscopic Target Selection in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: The Main Galaxy Sample

@article{Strauss2002SpectroscopicTS,
  title={Spectroscopic Target Selection in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: The Main Galaxy Sample},
  author={Michael A. Strauss and David H. Weinberg and Robert H. Lupton and Vijay K. Narayanan and James T. Annis and Mariangela Bernardi and Michael R. Blanton and Scott M. Burles and Andrew J. Connolly and Julianne J. Dalcanton and Mamoru Doi and Daniel J. Eisenstein and Joshua A. Frieman and Masataka Fukugita and James E. Gunn and Željko Ivezi{\'c} and Stephen Kent and Rita Kim and Gillian R. Knapp and Richard G. Kron and Jeffrey A. Munn and Heidi Jo Newberg and Robert C. Nichol and Sadanori Okamura and Thomas R. Quinn and Michael Richmond and David J. Schlegel and Kazuhiro Shimasaku and Mark SubbaRao and Alexander S. Szalay and Daniel E. vanden Berk and Michael S. E. Vogeley and Brian Yanny and Naoki Yasuda and Donald G. York and Idit Zehavi},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={124},
  pages={1810 - 1824}
}
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