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Finding Milky-Way-like edge-on galaxies in HI deep-fields

Project: 
We seek applicants to undertake a Honors project to identify edge-on galaxies from optical images of radio (HI) deep-fields observed with the eVLA and MeerKAT. These galaxies will be matched with similar edge-on galaxies in Sloan Digitial Sky Survey-IV / MaNGA survey using an interactive web interface to find Milky-Way like counterparts. The outcome of the project will be a publishable catalog of targets suitable for future stacking of HI data-cubes and analysis of the structure and evolution of galaxy disks. Students wishing to extend their program during their Honors bursary or build on their work the following year in a Masters project can use this sample to estimate the thickness of galaxy disks and how this thickness evolves with cosmic time. Students who wish to go on to do a Masters project and possibly a Ph.D. program may apply in following years to build from this program to stack radio data-cubes to estimate neutral- hydrogen and dynamical masses. The student will work with Prof M Bershady (SAAO SARChI), his research team of observers and instrumentalists, and collaborators around the world.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)

Supervisor

Matthew
Bershady

Co-Supervisor

Requirements for students to address: 
Basic programming skills, e.g., python, are needed.
Research Area: 
Astronomy


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