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ABSTRACT: We present the topology of a volume-limited sample of 11,884 galaxies, selected from an apparent-magnitude limited sample of over 100,000 galaxies observed as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The data currently cover three main regions on the sky: one in the Galactic north and one in the south, both at zero degrees declination, and one area in the north at higher declination. Each of these areas covers a wide range of survey longitude but a narrow range of survey latitude, allowing the two dimensional genus to be measured. The genus curves of the SDSS sub-samples are similar, after appropriately normalizing these measurements for the different areas. We sum the genus curves from the three areas to obtain the total genus curve of the SDSS. The total curve has a shape similar to the genus curve derived from mock catalogs drawn from the Hubble Volume Lambda CDM simulation and is similar to that of a Gaussian random field. Likewise, comparison with the genus of the 2dFGRS, after normalization for the difference in area, reveals remarkable similarity in the topology of these samples. We test for the effects of galaxy type segregation by splitting the SDSS data into thirds, based on the u^*- r^* colors of the galaxies, and measure the genus of the reddest and bluest sub-samples. This red/blue split in u^*- r^* is essentially a split by morphology (Strateva et al. 2001). We find that the genus curve for the reddest galaxies exhibits a ``meatball'' shift of the topology -- reflecting the concentration of red galaxies in high density regions -- compared to the bluest galaxies and the full sample, in agreement with predictions from simulations. Comment: ApJ Accepted with very minor revisions
ABSTRACT: We positionally match sources observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), and the Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-cm (FIRST) survey. Practically all 2MASS sources are matched to an SDSS source within 2 arcsec; ~11% of them are optically resolved galaxies and the rest are dominated by stars. About 1/3 of FIRST sources are matched to an SDSS source within 2 arcsec; ~80% of these are galaxies and the rest are dominated by quasars. Based on these results, we project that by the completion of these surveys the matched samples will include about 10^7 stars and 10^6 galaxies observed by both SDSS and 2MASS, and about 250,000 galaxies and 50,000 quasars observed by both SDSS and FIRST. Here we present a preliminary analysis of the optical, infrared and radio properties for the extragalactic sources from the matched samples. In particular, we find that the fraction of quasars with stellar colors missed by the SDSS spectroscopic survey is probably not larger than ~10%, and that the optical colors of radio-loud quasars are ~0.05 mag. redder (with 4-sigma significance) than the colors of radio-quiet quasars.