The sloan digital sky survey quasar catalog. V. Seventh data release

Donald P. Schneider, Gordon T. Richards, Patrick B. Hall, Michael A. Strauss, Scott F. Anderson, Todd A. Boroson, Nicholas P. Ross, Yue Shen, W. N. Brandt, Xiaohui Fan, Naohisa Inada, Sebastian Jester, G. R. Knapp, Coleman M. Krawczyk, Anirudda R. Thakar, Daniel E.Vanden Berk, Wolfgang Voges, Brian Yanny, Donald G. York, Neta A. BahcallDmitry Bizyaev, Michael R. Blanton, Howard Brewington, J. Brinkmann, Daniel Eisenstein, Joshua A. Frieman, Masataka Fukugita, Jim Gray, James E. Gunn, Pascale Hibon, Eljko Ivezić, Stephen M. Kent, Richard G. Kron, Myung Gyoon Lee, Robert H. Lupton, Elena Malanushenko, Viktor Malanushenko, Dan Oravetz, K. Pan, Jeffrey R. Pier, Ted N. Price, David H. Saxe, David J. Schlegel, Audry Simmons, Stephanie A. Snedden, Mark U. Subbarao, Alexander S. Szalay, David H. Weinberg

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    We present the fifth edition of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Quasar Catalog, which is based upon the SDSS Seventh Data Release. The catalog, which contains 105,783 spectroscopically confirmed quasars, represents the conclusion of the SDSS-I and SDSS-II quasar survey. The catalog consists of the SDSS objects that have luminosities larger than Mi = -22.0 (in a cosmology with H 0 = 70kms-1Mpc-1, ΩM = 0.3, and ΩΛ = 0.7), have at least one emission line with FWHM larger than 1000kms-1 or have interesting/complex absorption features, are fainter than i 15.0, and have highly reliable redshifts. The catalog covers an area of ≈ 9380 deg2. The quasar redshifts range from 0.065 to 5.46, with a median value of 1.49; the catalog includes 1248 quasars at redshifts greater than 4, of which 56 are at redshifts greater than 5. The catalog contains 9210 quasars with i < 18; slightly over half of the entries have i < 19. For each object the catalog presents positions accurate to better than 01rms per coordinate, five-band (ugriz) CCD-based photometry with typical accuracy of 0.03mag, and information on the morphology and selection method. The catalog also contains radio, near-infrared, and X-ray emission properties of the quasars, when available, from other large-area surveys. The calibrated digital spectra cover the wavelength region 3800-9200 at a spectral resolution of ≃ 2000; the spectra can be retrieved from the SDSS public database using the information provided in the catalog. Over 96% of the objects in the catalog were discovered by the SDSS. We also include a supplemental list of an additional 207 quasars with SDSS spectra whose archive photometric information is incomplete.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2360-2373
    Number of pages14
    JournalAstronomical Journal
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 2010


    • Catalogs
    • Quasars: general
    • Surveys

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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