PI: Liese van Zee, Indiana University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Astronomy Department, 727 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47405-7105, USA
CoI: David Schade, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
CoI: Janet Casperson, Indiana University
Title: SMUDGES: A Survey for Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Universe
Abstract: A unique, well defined, optical imaging survey will be undertaken to determine the fraction of dwarf galaxies that undergo a starburst phase, and to determine the duty cycle of the starbursts. The SMUDGES survey will be the first survey with both the depth and volume to identify a statistically significant sample of dwarf galaxies that is unbiased by their current star formation activity. The survey is designed to answer the following questions: Are starbursts in dwarf galaxies rare events? What triggers the high star formation rate? And, are there intrinsic differences between starbursting and quiescent dwarf galaxies? The large, complete, galaxy catalog will provide an excellent resource for both the planned dwarf galaxies studies and other statistical analyses of galaxy evolution.
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