Opendata, web and dolomites


Galaxy evolution in dense environments

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "Fornax" data sheet

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Organization address
city: ROMA
postcode: 136

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA IT (ROMA) coordinator 1˙500˙000.00


 Project objective

The Universe around us is populated with galaxies, each containing from millions to tens of billions of individual stars. Far from being immutable, galaxies undergo profound changes as they age. Their evolution depends on their position in the cosmic web, a network of sheets and filaments of matter that stretches across the entire Universe. The goal of FORNAX is to study the evolution of galaxies in the densest regions of the cosmic web, galaxy clusters. In these regions, a number of physical processes are thought to make galaxies lose their cold gas – the material from which new stars are born – and change their appearance dramatically. I will study these processes in action by observing the flow of cold gas in and out of galaxies living inside an important, nearby cluster of galaxies: Fornax.

I will observe Fornax for 2,450 hours with MeerKAT, a new, state-of-the-art radio telescope precursor of the Square Kilometre Array. Thanks to the unprecedented combination of sensitivity, resolution and sky-coverage of my survey, I will reveal the most subtle signs of the removal of gas from galaxies, I will detect the smallest gas-bearing galaxies in the cluster, and I will hunt the elusive cold gas which, according to cosmological theories, floats in the space between galaxies along the filaments of the cosmic web.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Paolo Serra, W.J.G. de Blok, G.L. Bryan, S. Colafrancesco, R.-J. Dettmar, B.S. Frank, F. Govoni, G.I.G. Jozsa, R.C. Kraan-Korteweg, F.M. Maccagni, S.I. Loubser, M. Murgia, T.A. Oosterloo, R.F. Peletier, R. Pizzo, L. Richter, M. Ramatsoku, M.W.L. Smith, S.C. Trager, J.H. van Gorkom, M.A.W. Verheijen
The MeerKAT Fornax Survey
published pages: 8, ISSN: , DOI: 10.22323/1.277.0008
Proceedings of MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA — PoS(MeerKAT2016) 2019-06-19
2017 K. Lee-Waddell, P. Serra, B. Koribalski, A. Venhola, E. Iodice, B. Catinella, L. Cortese, R. Peletier, A. Popping, O. Keenan, M. Capaccioli
Tidal origin of NGC 1427A in the Fornax cluster
published pages: 1108-1115, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx2808
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 474/1 2019-06-19
2019 K Lee-Waddell, B S Koribalski, T Westmeier, A Elagali, B -Q For, D Kleiner, J P Madrid, A Popping, T N Reynolds, J Rhee, P Serra, L Shao, L Staveley-Smith, J Wang, M T Whiting, O I Wong, J R Allison, S Bhandari, J D Collier, G Heald, J Marvil, S M Ord
WALLABY Early Science - II. The NGC 7232 galaxy group
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz017
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2019-06-07
2019 A. Boselli, M. Fossati, A. Longobardi, G. Consolandi, P. Amram, M. Sun, P. Andreani, M. Boquien, J. Braine, F. Combes, P. Côté, J. C. Cuillandre, P. A. Duc, E. Emsellem, L. Ferrarese, G. Gavazzi, S. Gwyn, G. Hensler, E. W. Peng, H. Plana, J. Roediger, R. Sanchez-Janssen, M. Sarzi, P. Serra, G. Trinchieri
A Virgo Environmental Survey Tracing Ionised Gas Emission (VESTIGE)
published pages: A52, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834492
Astronomy & Astrophysics 623 2019-06-07
2017 Dane Kleiner, Kevin A. Pimbblet, D. Heath Jones, Bärbel S. Koribalski, Paolo Serra
Evidence for Hi replenishment in massive galaxies through gas accretion from the cosmic web
published pages: stw3328, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw3328
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2019-06-07
2018 A. Boselli, M. Fossati, L. Ferrarese, S. Boissier, G. Consolandi, A. Longobardi, P. Amram, M. Balogh, P. Barmby, M. Boquien, F. Boulanger, J. Braine, V. Buat, D. Burgarella, F. Combes, T. Contini, L. Cortese, P. Côté, S. Côté, J. C. Cuillandre, L. Drissen, B. Epinat, M. Fumagalli, S. Gallagher, G. Gavazzi, J. Gomez-Lopez, S. Gwyn, W. Harris, G. Hensler, B. Koribalski, M. Marcelin, A. McConnachie, M. A. Miville-Deschenes, J. Navarro, D. Patton, E. W. Peng, H. Plana, N. Prantzos, C. Robert, J. Roediger, Y. Roehlly, D. Russeil, P. Salome, R. Sanchez-Janssen, P. Serra, K. Spekkens, M. Sun, J. Taylor, S. Tonnesen, B. Vollmer, J. Willis, H. Wozniak, T. Burdullis, D. Devost, B. Mahoney, N. Manset, A. Petric, S. Prunet, K. Withington
A Virgo Environmental Survey Tracing Ionised Gas Emission (VESTIGE)
published pages: A56, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201732407
Astronomy & Astrophysics 614 2019-06-07
2018 Juan P. Madrid, Karen Lee-Waddell, Paolo Serra, Bärbel S. Koribalski, Mischa Schirmer, Kristine Spekkens, Jing Wang
Gemini Follow-up of Two Massive H i Clouds Discovered with the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder
published pages: L6, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaaa1d
The Astrophysical Journal 854/1 2019-06-07
2018 Nikki Zabel, Timothy A Davis, Matthew W L Smith, Natasha Maddox, George J Bendo, Reynier Peletier, Enrichetta Iodice, Aku Venhola, Maarten Baes, Jonathan I Davies, Ilse de Looze, Haley Gomez, Marco Grossi, Jeffrey D P Kenney, Paolo Serra, Freeke van de Voort, Catherine Vlahakis, Lisa M Young
The ALMA Fornax Cluster Survey I: stirring and stripping of the molecular gas in cluster galaxies
published pages: 2251-2268, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3234
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 483/2 2019-06-07

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