The star formation reference survey. I. survey description and basic data

Ashby, M. L. N., Mahajan, S., Smith, H. A., Willner, S. P., Fazio, G. G., Raychaudhury, S., Zezas, A., Barmby, P., Bonfini, P., Cao, C., Gonzalez-Alfonso, E., Ishihara, D., Kaneda, H., Lyttle, V., Madden, S., Papovich, C., Sturm, E., Surace, J., Wu, H. and Zhu, Y. -N. (2011) The star formation reference survey. I. survey description and basic data. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 123 907: 1011-1029. doi:10.1086/661920

Author Ashby, M. L. N.
Mahajan, S.
Smith, H. A.
Willner, S. P.
Fazio, G. G.
Raychaudhury, S.
Zezas, A.
Barmby, P.
Bonfini, P.
Cao, C.
Gonzalez-Alfonso, E.
Ishihara, D.
Kaneda, H.
Lyttle, V.
Madden, S.
Papovich, C.
Sturm, E.
Surace, J.
Wu, H.
Zhu, Y. -N.
Title The star formation reference survey. I. survey description and basic data
Journal name Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-6280
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/661920
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 123
Issue 907
Start page 1011
End page 1029
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chicago, United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Star formation is arguably the most important physical process in the cosmos. It is a fundamental driver of galaxy evolution and the ultimate source of most of the energy emitted by galaxies in the local universe. A correct interpretation of star formation rate (SFR) measures is therefore essential to our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution. Unfortunately, however, no single SFR estimator is universally available or even applicable in all circumstances: the numerous galaxies found in deep surveys are often too faint (or too distant) to yield significant detections with most standard SFR measures, and until now there have been no global multiband observations of nearby galaxies that span all the conditions under which star formation is taking place. To address this need in a systematic way, we have undertaken a multiband survey of all types of star-forming galaxies in the local universe. This project, the Star Formation Reference Survey (SFRS), is based on a statistically valid sample of 369 nearby galaxies that span all existing combinations of dust temperature, SFR, and specific SFR. Furthermore, because the SFRS is blind with respect to AGN fraction and environment, it serves as a means to assess the influence of these factors on SFR. Our panchromatic global flux measurements (including GALEX FUV + NUV, SDSS ugriz, 2MASS JHKs, Spitzer 3–8 μm, and others) furnish uniform SFR measures and the context in which their reliability can be assessed. This article describes the SFRS survey strategy, defines the sample, and presents the multiband photometry collected to date.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mathematics and Physics
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