case western reserve university



The KPNO International Spectroscopic Survey for Nearby Emission-Line Galaxies

Caryl Gronwall (JHU)

The KPNO International Spectroscopic Survey (KISS) is a new objective-prism survey for extragalactic emission-line objects. KISS combines many of the features of previous slitless spectroscopic surveys that were carried out with Schmidt telescopes using photographic plates with the advantages of modern CCD detectors. It is the first purely digital objective-prism survey, and it extends previous photographic surveys to much fainter flux limits. In this talk, I will review the properties of the KISS sample and discuss some of the scientific applications of the survey, including: 1) the star formation rate density of the local universe, 2) the spectroscopic properties of the sample, and 3) the spatial distribution of emission-line galaxies.