The ACS Fornax Cluster Survey. I. Introduction to the survey and data reduction procedures

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dc.contributor.author Jordan, Andres
dc.contributor.author Blakeslee, John
dc.contributor.author Cote, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Ferrarese, Laura
dc.contributor.author Infante, Leopoldo
dc.contributor.author Mei, Simona
dc.contributor.author Merritt, David
dc.contributor.author Peng, Eric
dc.contributor.author Tonry, John
dc.contributor.author West, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-14T15:36:45Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-14T15:36:45Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04
dc.identifier.citation Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 169 (2007) 213-224 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/7476
dc.description Also archived in: arXiv:astro-ph/0702320 v1 Feb 13 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Fornax Cluster is a conspicuous cluster of galaxies in the southern hemisphere and the second largest collection of early-type galaxies within <∼ 20 Mpc after the Virgo Cluster. In this paper, we present a brief introduction to the ACS Fornax Cluster Survey — a program to image, in the F475W (g475) and F850LP (z850) bandpasses, 43 early-type galaxies in Fornax using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the Hubble Space Telescope. Combined with a companion survey of Virgo, the ACS Virgo Cluster Survey, this represents the most comprehensive imaging survey to date of early-type galaxies in cluster environments in terms of depth, spatial resolution, sample size and homogeneity. We describe the selection of the program galaxies, their basic properties, and the main science objectives of the survey which include the measurement of luminosities, colors and structural parameters for globular clusters associated with these galaxies, an analysis of their isophotal properties and surface brightness profiles, and an accurate calibration of the surface brightness fluctuation distance indicator. Finally, we discuss the data reduction procedures adopted for the survey. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Universtiy of Chicago Press: Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries vol. 169 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries no. 2 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries pps. 213-224 en_US
dc.subject Galaxies en_US
dc.subject Clusters - individual (Fornax) en_US
dc.subject Galaxies - elliptial and lenticular, cD en_US
dc.subject Galaxies - distances and redshifts en_US
dc.subject Galaxies - star clusters en_US
dc.subject Galaxies - nuclei en_US
dc.subject Methods - data analysis en_US
dc.title The ACS Fornax Cluster Survey. I. Introduction to the survey and data reduction procedures en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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