The Taipan Galaxy Survey: Scientific Goals and Observing Strategy

Elisabete da Cunha, Andrew M. Hopkins, Matthew Colless, Edward N. Taylor, Chris Blake, Cullan Howlett, Christina Magoulas, John R. Lucey, Claudia Lagos, Kyler Kuehn, Yjan Gordon, Dilyar Barat, Fuyan Bian, Christian Wolf, Michael J. Cowley, Marc White, Ixandra Achitouv, Maciej Bilicki, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Krzysztof Bolejko & 20 others Michael J. I. Brown, Rebecca Brown, Julia Bryant, Scott Croom, Tamara M. Davis, Simon P. Driver, Miroslav D. Filipovic, Samuel R. Hinton, Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, D. Heath Jones, Baerbel Koribalski, Dane Kleiner, Jon Lawrence, Nuria Lorente, Jeremy Mould, Matt S. Owers, Kevin Pimbblet, C. G. Tinney, Nicholas F. H. Tothill, Fred Watson

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The Taipan galaxy survey (hereafter simply 'Taipan') is a multi-object spectroscopic survey starting in 2017 that will cover 2 steradians over the southern sky (less than or similar to 10 degrees, vertical bar b vertical bar 10 degrees), and obtain optical spectra for about two million galaxies out to z <0.4. Taipan will use the newly refurbished 1.2-m UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory with the new TAIPAN instrument, which includes an innovative Starbugs' positioning system capable of rapidly and simultaneously deploying up to 150 spectroscopic fibres (and up to 300 with a proposed upgrade) over the 6 degrees diameter focal plane, and a purpose-built spectrograph operating in the range from 370 to 870 nm with resolving power R greater than or similar to 2000. The main scientific goals of Taipan are (i) to measure the distance scale of the Universe (primarily governed by the local expansion rate, H-0) to 1% precision, and the growth rate of structure to 5%; (ii) to make the most extensive map yet constructed of the total mass distribution and motions in the local Universe, using peculiar velocities based on improved Fundamental Plane distances, which will enable sensitive tests of gravitational physics; and (iii) to deliver a legacy sample of low-redshift galaxies as a unique laboratory for studying galaxy evolution as a function of dark matter halo and stellar mass and environment. The final survey, which will be completed within 5 yrs, will consist of a complete magnitude-limited sample (i

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Article numbere047
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JournalPublications of the Astronomincal Society of Australia (PASA)
Volume34
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da Cunha, Elisabete ; Hopkins, Andrew M. ; Colless, Matthew ; Taylor, Edward N. ; Blake, Chris ; Howlett, Cullan ; Magoulas, Christina ; Lucey, John R. ; Lagos, Claudia ; Kuehn, Kyler ; Gordon, Yjan ; Barat, Dilyar ; Bian, Fuyan ; Wolf, Christian ; Cowley, Michael J. ; White, Marc ; Achitouv, Ixandra ; Bilicki, Maciej ; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss ; Bolejko, Krzysztof ; Brown, Michael J. I. ; Brown, Rebecca ; Bryant, Julia ; Croom, Scott ; Davis, Tamara M. ; Driver, Simon P. ; Filipovic, Miroslav D. ; Hinton, Samuel R. ; Johnston-Hollitt, Melanie ; Jones, D. Heath ; Koribalski, Baerbel ; Kleiner, Dane ; Lawrence, Jon ; Lorente, Nuria ; Mould, Jeremy ; Owers, Matt S. ; Pimbblet, Kevin ; Tinney, C. G. ; Tothill, Nicholas F. H. ; Watson, Fred. / The Taipan Galaxy Survey : Scientific Goals and Observing Strategy. In: Publications of the Astronomincal Society of Australia (PASA). 2017 ; Vol. 34.
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In: Publications of the Astronomincal Society of Australia (PASA), Vol. 34, e047, 24.10.2017.

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