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The SAMI Galaxy Survey: instrument specification and target selection

JJ Bryant, MS Owers, ASG Robotham, SM Croom, SP Driver, MJ Drinkwater, NPF Lorente, L Cortese, N Scott, M Colless, A Schaefer, EN Taylor, IS Konstantopoulos, JT Allen, I Baldry, L Barnes, AE Bauer, J Bland-Hawthorn, JV Bloom, AM Brooks Show all



The SAMI Galaxy Survey will observe 3400 galaxies with the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field spectrograph (SAMI) on the Anglo-Australian Telescope in a 3-yr survey which began in 2013. We present the throughput of the SAMI system, the science basis and specifications for the target selection, the survey observation plan and the combined properties of the selected galaxies. The survey includes four volume-limited galaxy samples based on cuts in a proxy for stellar mass, along with low-stellar-mass dwarf galaxies all selected from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey. The GAMA regions were selected because of the vast array of ancillary data available, including ultraviolet through ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The SAMI Galaxy Survey is based on observations made at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The SAMI instrument was developed jointly by the University of Sydney and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. The SAMI input catalogue is based on data taken from the SDSS, the GAMA Survey and the VST ATLAS Survey. The SAMI Galaxy Survey is funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), through project number CE110001020, and other participating institutions. The SAMI Galaxy Survey website is would like to thank the Australia Astronomical Observatory and University of Sydney instrumentation groups for their support and dedication to making the SAMI instrument. The SAMI survey has greatly benefitted from the excellent technical support offered by the AAO in Sydney and by site staff at the Anglo-Australian Telescope.GAMA is a joint European-Australasian project based around a spectroscopic campaign using the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The GAMA input catalogue is based on data taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey. Complementary imaging of the GAMA regions is being obtained by a number of independent survey programmes including GALEX MIS, VST KiDS, VISTA VIKING, WISE, Herschel-ATLAS, GMRT and ASKAP providing UV to radio coverage. GAMA is funded by the STFC (UK), the ARC (Australia), the AAO, and the participating institutions. The GAMA website is: acknowledges the support of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT100100457). CJW acknowledges support through the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant 303912. LC acknowledges support under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (DP130100664). MSO acknowledges the funding support from the Australian Research Council through a Super Science Fellowship (ARC FS110200023). ISK is the recipient of a John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (Australia).Based on data products (VST/ATLAS) from observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under programme ID 177.A-3011 (A,B,C).This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy Office of Science. The SDSS-III web site is