The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: The Cosmic Spectrum and Star Formation History

@article{Glazebrook2003TheSD,
  title={The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: The Cosmic Spectrum and Star Formation History},
  author={Karl Glazebrook and Ivan K Baldry and Michael R. Blanton and Jonathan V. Brinkmann and Andrew J. Connolly and Istv{\'a}n Csabai and Masataka Fukugita and Željko Ivezi{\'c} and J Loveday and Avery Meiksin and Robert Nichol and Eric W. Peng and Donald P. Schneider and Mark SubbaRao and Christy Tremonti and Donald G. York},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={587},
  pages={55-70}
}
We present a determination of the cosmic optical spectrum of the universe, i.e., the ensemble emission from galaxies, as determined from the red-selected Sloan Digital Sky Survey main galaxy sample, and compare it with previous results of the blue-selected 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey. Broadly, we find good agreement in both the spectrum and the derived star formation histories. If we use a power-law star formation history model in which the star formation rate is (1 + z)β out to z = 1, then we… Expand
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