We are using the MeerKAT telescope to observe the nearby cluster of galaxies Fornax. We want to study how 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. 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. Our radio continuum images will have a noise level of 1 μJy/beam.
Nov 2015. ERC Starting Grant for the MeerKAT Fornax Survey! It will fund a research group based at INAF-Cagliari starting in 2016.
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!
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.
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 (ASTRON, Kapteyn), M. Murgia (INAF), T. Oosterloo (ASTRON, Kapteyn), R. Peletier (Kapteyn), R. Pizzo (ASTRON), M. Ramatsoku (Kapteyn, UCT, ASTRON), 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.
One PhD position available starting September/October 2017 to work on the low-M(HI) galaxy population of the Fornax cluster. See this page on how to apply (deadline 28 August 2017). For info contact me at the above email address.