The cosmic evolution of galaxies' neutral atomic gas content is a major science driver for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as well as for its Australian (ASKAP) and South African (MeerKAT) precursors. Among the HI surveys planned for ASKAP and MeerKAT, the deepest and narrowest tier of the "wedding cake" will be defined by the approved 3424-hour Looking At the Distant Universe with the MeerKAT Array (LADUMA) survey, which will probe HI in emission within a single "cosmic vuvuzela" that extends to z = 1.4, when the universe was only a third of its present age. Through a combination of individual and stacked detections (the latter relying on extensive multiwavelength studies of the survey's target field), LADUMA will study the redshift evolution of the baryonic Tully-Fisher relation and the cosmic HI density, the variation of the HI mass function with redshift and environment, and the connection between HI content and the properties of galaxies' stars (mass, age, etc.). The survey will also build a sample of OH megamaser detections that can be used to trace the cosmic merger history. This talk will introduce the science potential of LADUMA and plans for its execution starting in 2018.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #231
- Pub Date:
- January 2018