We are using the MeerKAT telescope to observe the nearby cluster of galaxies Fornax. We want to study how its galaxies interact with one another and with the intra-cluster medium, reveal their connection with gas in the cosmic web, and thus understand how they evolve as they move through the cluster.
The survey consists of a mosaic of 12 deg2 at an obseving frequency of 1.4 GHz. We take both HI spectral-line and broad-band radio continuum data out to 1.5 Mpc (projected) from the cluster centre. Our HI cubes will have an r.m.s. noise level of 0.15 mJy/beam per 25 kHz channel at a resolution from 10 to 100 arcsec. The HI velocity resolution will be 1 km/s. Our radio continuum images will have a noise level of 2 μJy/beam.
Nov 2017. Two ERC-funded postdoc positions at INAF - Cagliari to work on the MeerKAT Fornax Survey. Deadline: 15 Dec 2017. See AAS job ad and links therein for more info.
Oct 2017. Paper on the tidal origin of NGC 1427A in Fornax accepted on MNRAS. This is based on pre-MeerKAT observations with ATCA. Congrats to 1st author Karen Lee-Waddell, and looking forward to more with MeerKAT!
Sep 2017. The MeerKAT Fornax Survey description paper is now available here (Proceedings of Science, MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA).
Jun 2017. Following the review of all MeerKAT large science projects our MeerKAT Fornax Survey is ranked high: 5th overall, and 3rd among the approved imaging surveys. Full time allocation is recommended.
Oct 2016. Two ERC-funded postdoc positions at INAF - Cagliari to work on the MeerKAT Fornax Survey. Deadline: 30 Nov 2016. See full job description and how to apply.
May 2016. MeerKAT science workshop in Stellenbosch. Great talks on the science the community wants to do with MeerKAT. Plus, great radio continuum image from MeerKAT!
Nov 2015. ERC Starting Grant for the MeerKAT Fornax Survey! It will fund a research group based at INAF-Cagliari starting in 2016.
Paolo Serra (INAF)
E. de Blok (ASTRON, Kapteyn, UCT), G. Bryan (Columbia), S. Colafrancesco (Wits), R.-J. Dettmar (Bochum), B. Frank (UCT), F. Govoni (INAF), G. Józsa (SKA-SA, Rhodes), I. Loubser (NWU), R. Kraan-Korteweg (UCT), F. Maccagni (INAF), M. Murgia (INAF), T. Oosterloo (ASTRON, Kapteyn), R. Peletier (Kapteyn), R. Pizzo (ASTRON), M. Ramatsoku (INAF), M. Smith (Cardiff), S. Trager (Kapteyn), J. van Gorkom (Columbia), M. Verheijen (Kapteyn)
Our team is open to all who can contribute to the science goals of the survey. If you are interested send us an email to let us know what lines of research you would like to pursue and what resources you would bring to the team.
Two 3-year postdoc positoins available. See AAS job ad (deadline 15 December 2017). For info contact me at the above email address.