The TAIPAN Survey: Toward the Next Generation of Spectroscopic All-Sky Surveys

The TAIPAN Survey: Toward the Next Generation of Spectroscopic All-Sky Surveys – The workshop is designed to bring together experts and researchers to discuss the science prospects and goals of the proposed TAIPAN survey. TAIPAN (Transforming Astronomical Imaging surveys through Polychromatic Analysis of Nebulae) is a major new galaxy redshift survey planned for the UK Schmidt Telescope using innovative Starbug fibre positioning technology that allows for several hundred fibres across the UKST’s focal surface. TAIPAN is intended to build on the legacy and extend the highly successful 6dF Galaxy redshift Survey by adding 4× the number of new spectra for fainter galaxies to r ~17 over the entire southern sky and amounting to ~500,000 additional redshifts.

Key features of TAIPAN:

  • Three year survey starting 2015
  • Implementation of new Starbug fibre probes
  • 500,000 redshifts to z ~0.2 with r ~17, K ~14

Major topics: Synergies with ASKAP galaxy surveys, precision cosmology, Galaxy evolution, the connection between gas and stars, the impact of environment and mergers, large scale structure, stellar and halo mass functions, star formation and AGN and the intergalactic magnetic field.