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Program Information for 2000B-0032


PI: Gerhardt Meurer, Johns Hopkins U., gerhardt.meurer@icrar.org
Address: Physics & Astronomy, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

CoI: Henry C Ferguson, STScI
CoI: Rachel Webster, U. of Melbourne
CoI: Robert C Kennicutt, Jr, U. of Arizona
CoI: Patricia Knezek, STScI
CoI: Sally Oey, STScI
CoI: R Chris Smith, NOAO
CoI: Michael Drinkwater, U. of Melbourne
CoI: Ken Freeman, Australian National U.
CoI: Virginia Kilborn, U. of Melbourne
CoI: M Putman, Australian National U.
CoI: Lister Staveley-Smith, Australia Telescope National Facility
CoI: Martin Meyer, U. of Melbourne
CoI: Arna Karrick, U. of Melbourne

Title: Star Formation in H i Selected Galaxies

Abstract: Cosmological evolution is mapped using tracers of star formation. Usually the selection of tracers is biased by stellar luminosity. We propose to determine star formation properties of a sample selected free of the stellar bias: by gas content from the \HIPASS\ survey. Since an interstellar medium is a prerequisite for star formation, our survey will uniformly sample all galaxies that could form stars, and hence provide a fair view of the local star formation demographics. The sample will consist of the 500 \HIPASS\ galaxies, each of which will be imaged in H$\alpha$ and the stellar continuum. Integrated, this yields the local star formation rate density, which will be used as benchmark to estimate the bias in other \Halpha\ samples. This survey will also provide high resolution images of the star formation morphology over a wide range of galaxies, particularly towards irregular dwarfs which are often missed in other studies. The \HI\ content of galaxies combined with the SFR will be used to predict the evolution of the \HI\ mass function and the epoch when the cosmological gas tank runs dry.

Program Type: Survey

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2002A):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 7n on Feb 15 - Feb 18 2002, Apr 13 - Apr 16 2002, May 21 - May 23 2002
Run 1 (2002B):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 8n on Aug 01 - Aug 04 2002, Nov 09 - Nov 12 2002
Run 1 (2003A):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 9n on Feb 01 - Feb 09 2003
Run 2 (2000B):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 5n on Oct 23 - Oct 27 2000, Dec 26 - Dec 30 2000
Run 2 (2001A):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 5n on Feb 12 - Feb 15 2001, May 12 - May 15 2001, Jun 10 - Jun 11 2001
Run 2 (2001B):  CT-1.5m/CFIM -- 4n on Sep 12 - Sep 15 2001, Oct 24 - Oct 27 2001
Run 2 (2003B):  CT-0.9m/CFIM -- 7n on Sep 01 - Sep 07 2003
Run 2 (2004A):  CT-0.9m/CFIM -- 7n on Mar 23 - Mar 29 2004


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