The aim of LeMMINGs is to observe a large sample of nearby galaxies with sub-arcsecond angular resolution at micro Jansky sensitivities. Such observations will allow us to study a very wide range of astrophysical phenomena, such as supernovae and their remnants, HII regions, potentially extragalactic X-ray binaries, ULX sources, planetary nebulae, AGN and jets and much more.

Principal Investigators: Rob Beswick (JBCA) and Ian McHardy (Southampton)
Time Allocation: 810 hours (e-MERLIN including Lovell Telescope).
Statistical sample: 700 hours (350 hours at L-band, 350 hours at C-band). Deep Tier: 110 hours (55 hours at L-band, 55 hours at C-band)

The broad philosophy of this legacy programme is to provide a definitive parsec-scale, micro Jansky sensitivity set of radio images for a large sample of well-known galaxies in the nearby Universe. As such this project will both address numerous key science questions regarding SF and activity in galaxies and is specifically designed to be a lasting Legacy data-set for the wider community, with the sample selected to maximize multi-wavelength coverage and consequently the amount of future legacy science achievable. The project consists of two closely related samples: a moderately deep snapshot survey of an unbiased sample of 280 galaxies selected from the Palomar Bright Galaxies Survey (Ho et al 1997), and an extremely deep survey of a nearby sub-set of 6 galaxies selected from the statistical sample to encompass the entire range of luminosities, scales and galaxy-types. The two sets of observations are highly complementary: the larger statistical sample will mainly probe the nuclear AGN and higher surface brightness starburst regions over all galaxy types, with large enough numbers that we can determine the way in which AGN and SF emission varies with galaxy type, and how the two emission processes interact. The deep sample will also sample a range of galaxy types in an unbiased, although not quite statistically complete manner, allowing for a much more detailed study of, e.g. starburst and low luminosity AGN jet emission. Thus it will be possible to study the physics of the interaction between AGN emission and SF in much greater detail with the deep sample.

Susanne Aalto (Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden) Antxon Alberdi (IAA,Spain) Paul Alexander (Cambridge) Megan Argo (Curtin, Australia) Willem Baan (ASTRON, The Netherlands) Ranieri Baldi (INAF, Italy) Rob Beswick (JBCA, Manchester) Elias Brinks (Hertfordshire) John Conway (Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden) Stephane Corbel (CEA Saclay, France) Phil Diamond (JBCA, Manchester) Tom Dwelly (Southampton) Janine van Eymeren (JBCA, Manchester) Danielle Fenech (UCL) Jay Gallagher (Wisconsin, USA) Jack Gallimore (Bucknell, USA) Melanie Gendre (JBCA, Manchester) Dave Green (Cambridge) Melvin Hoare (Leeds) Sebastian Jester (MPIA Heidelberg, Germany) Rob Kennicutt (Cambridge) Hans-Rainer Klockner (Oxford) Johan Knapen (IAC Tenerife, Spain) Christian Knigge (Southampton) Elmar Koerding (CEA Saclay, France) Tom Maccarone (Southampton) Jon Marcaide (Valencia, Spain) Sera Markoff (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Ivan Marti-Vidal (Valencia, Spain) Smita Mathur (Ohio State, USA) Ian McHardy (Southampton) Carole Mundell (Liverpool John Moores) Tom Muxlow (JBCA, Manchester) Alison Peck (ALMA, Chile) Alan Pedlar (JBCA, Manchester) Miguel Perez-Torres (IAA, Spain) Cristina Romero-Canzales (IAA, Spain) Tony Rushton (Southampton) D. J. Saikia (NCRA, India) Eva Schinnerer (MPIA Heidelberg, Germany) Ralph Spencer (JBCA, Manchester) Ian Stevens (Birmingham) Ian Stewart (South Africa) Michele Thornley (Bucknell, USA) Fabian Walter (MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany) Phil Uttley (Southamption) Martin Ward (Durham) Dave Williams (JBCA, Manchester) Jeremy Yates (UCL)

LeMMINGs ADS Publication Library

Full proposal (pdf), as originally submitted prior to time allocation.