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Natasha Maddox, Paolo Serra, Aku Venhola, Reynier Peletier, Ilani Loubser, Enrichetta Iodice, A spectroscopic census of the Fornax cluster and beyond: preparing for next generation surveys, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 490, Issue 2, December 2019, Pages 1666–1677,

A spectroscopic census of the Fornax cluster and beyond : preparing for next generation surveys

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Author: Maddox, Natasha1,2; Serra, Paolo3; Venhola, Aku4;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Scheinerstr 1, D-81679 Munich, Germany
2ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4, NL-7991 PD Dwingeloo, the Netherlands
3INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari, Via della Scienza 5, I-09047 Selargius (CA), Italy
4Astronomy Research Unit, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
5Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, PO Box 72, NL-9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands
6Centre for Space Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
7INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, via Moiariello 16, I-80131 Napoli, Italy
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Language: English
Published: Oxford University Press, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-02-18


The Fornax cluster is the nearest large cluster in the southern sky, and is currently experiencing active assembly of mass. It is thus the target of a number of ongoing observing campaigns at optical, near-infrared, and radio wavelengths, using state-of-the-art facilities in the Southern hemisphere. Spectroscopic redshifts are essential not only for determining cluster membership, but also kinematics within the cluster and identifying substructures. We present a compilation of all available major spectroscopic campaigns undertaken within the Fornax region, including new and previously unpublished spectroscopy. This provides not only a comprehensive census of Fornax cluster membership as a resource for the many ongoing studies of this dynamic system, but also probes the large-scale structure in the background volume.

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Series: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0035-8711
ISSN-E: 1365-8711
ISSN-L: 0035-8711
Volume: 490
Issue: 2
Pages: 1666 - 1677
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2530
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 115 Astronomy and space science
Funding: NM acknowledges support from the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) D-MeerKAT award 05A2017. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 679627; project name FORNAX). AV acknowledges the Scholarship Fund of the University of Oulu for the financial support. EI acknowledges financial support from the VST project (P.I. P. Schipani) and from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement n. 721463 to the SUNDIAL ITN network. SIL is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.
EU Grant Number: (721463) SUNDIAL - SUrvey Network for Deep Imaging Analysis and Learning
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