The 6dF Galaxy Survey: Final redshift release (DR3) and southern large-scale structures

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Heath Jones, D., Read, Mike A., Saunders, Will, Colless, Matthew, Jarrett, Tom, Parker, Quentin A., Fairall, Anthony P., Mauch, Thomas, Sadler, Elaine M., Watson, Fred G., Burton, Donna, Campbell, Lachlan A., Cass, Paul, Croom, Scott M., Dawe, John, Fiegert, Kristin, Frankcombe, Leela, Hartley, Malcolm, Huchra, John, ..., Williams, Mary. 2009. "The 6dF Galaxy Survey: Final redshift release (DR3) and southern large-scale structures." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 399 (2), pp. 683-698. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15338.x
Article Title

The 6dF Galaxy Survey: Final redshift release (DR3) and southern large-scale structures

ERA Journal ID1074
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHeath Jones, D. (Author), Read, Mike A. (Author), Saunders, Will (Author), Colless, Matthew (Author), Jarrett, Tom (Author), Parker, Quentin A. (Author), Fairall, Anthony P. (Author), Mauch, Thomas (Author), Sadler, Elaine M. (Author), Watson, Fred G. (Author), Burton, Donna (Author), Campbell, Lachlan A. (Author), Cass, Paul (Author), Croom, Scott M. (Author), Dawe, John (Author), Fiegert, Kristin (Author), Frankcombe, Leela (Author), Hartley, Malcolm (Author), Huchra, John (Author), James, Dionne (Author), Kirby, Emma (Author), Lahav, Ofer (Author), Lucey, John (Author), Mamon, Gary A. (Author), Moore, Lesa (Author), Peterson, Bruce A. (Author), Prior, Sayuri (Author), Proust, Dominique (Author), Russell, Ken (Author), Safouris, Vicky (Author), Wakamatsu, Ken-cihi (Author), Westra, Eduard (Author) and Williams, Mary (Author)
Journal TitleMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal Citation399 (2), pp. 683-698
Number of Pages19
Year2009
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0035-8711
1365-2966
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15338.x
Web Address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/399/2/683/1060396
Abstract

We report the final redshift release of the 6dF Galaxy Survey, a combined redshift and peculiar velocity survey over the southern sky (|b| > 10◦). Its 136 304 spectra have yielded 110 256 new extragalactic redshifts and a new catalogue of 125 071 galaxies making near-complete samples with (K,H, J, rF, bJ) 6(12.65, 12.95, 13.75, 15.60, 16.75). The median redshift of the survey is 0.053. Survey data, including images, spectra, photometry and redshifts, are available through an online database. We describe changes to the information in the database since earlier interim data releases. Future releases will include velocity dispersions, distances and peculiar velocities for the brightest early-type galaxies, comprising about 10% of the sample. Here we provide redshift maps of the southern local universe with z 6 0.1, showing nearby large-scale structures in hitherto unseen detail. A number of regions known previously to have a paucity of galaxies are confirmed as significantly underdense regions. The URL of the 6dFGS database is http://www-wfau.roe.ac.uk/6dFGS.

Keywordssurveys — galaxies; clustering — galaxies; distances and redshifts— cosmology; observations — cosmology; large scale structure of universe
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020510103. Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2009 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Byline AffiliationsAnglo-Australian Observatory, Australia
Royal Observatory Edinburgh, United Kingdom
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
Australian Astronomical Observatory, Australia
University of Cape Town, South Africa
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
Center for Astrophysics Harvard and Smithsonian, United States
Australian National University
University College London, United Kingdom
Durham University, United Kingdom
Paris Observatory, France
Gifu University, Japan
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Funding source
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Grant ID
DP-0208876
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