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The Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey: HerMES

Oliver, S. J. and Bock, J. and Blain, A. and Bridge, C. and Cooray, A. and Dowell, C. D. and Levenson, L. and Lu, N. Y. and Marshall, J. and Nguyen, H. T. and Schulz, B. and Shupe, D. L. and Vieira, J. D. and Viero, M. and Xu, C. K. and Zemcov, M. (2012) The Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey: HerMES. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424 (3). pp. 1614-1635. ISSN 0035-8711. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20912.x.

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The Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey (HerMES) is a legacy programme designed to map a set of nested fields totalling ∼380 deg^2. Fields range in size from 0.01 to ∼20 deg^2, using the Herschel-Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) (at 250, 350 and 500 μm) and the Herschel-Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) (at 100 and 160 μm), with an additional wider component of 270 deg^2 with SPIRE alone. These bands cover the peak of the redshifted thermal spectral energy distribution from interstellar dust and thus capture the reprocessed optical and ultraviolet radiation from star formation that has been absorbed by dust, and are critical for forming a complete multiwavelength understanding of galaxy formation and evolution. The survey will detect of the order of 100 000 galaxies at 5σ in some of the best-studied fields in the sky. Additionally, HerMES is closely coordinated with the PACS Evolutionary Probe survey. Making maximum use of the full spectrum of ancillary data, from radio to X-ray wavelengths, it is designed to facilitate redshift determination, rapidly identify unusual objects and understand the relationships between thermal emission from dust and other processes. Scientific questions HerMES will be used to answer include the total infrared emission of galaxies, the evolution of the luminosity function, the clustering properties of dusty galaxies and the properties of populations of galaxies which lie below the confusion limit through lensing and statistical techniques. This paper defines the survey observations and data products, outlines the primary scientific goals of the HerMES team, and reviews some of the early results.

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Oliver, S. J.0000-0001-7862-1032
Bock, J.0000-0002-5710-5212
Blain, A.0000-0001-7489-5167
Cooray, A.0000-0002-3892-0190
Lu, N. Y.0000-0002-8948-1044
Shupe, D. L.0000-0003-4401-0430
Xu, C. K.0000-0002-1588-6700
Zemcov, M.0000-0001-8253-1451
Additional Information:© 2012 The Authors. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2012 RAS. Accepted 2012 March 12. Received 2012 January 5; in original form 2011 July 20. Article first published online: 6 Jul. 2012. We acknowledge support from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, grant numbers ST/F002858/1 and ST/I000976/1. HCSS/HSPOT/HIPE are joint developments by the Herschel Science Ground Segment Consortium, consisting of ESA, the NASA Herschel Science Center and the HIFI, PACS and SPIRE consortia. SPIRE has been developed by a consortium of institutes led by Cardiff University (UK) and including University of Lethbridge (Canada), NAOC (China), CEA, LAM (France), IFSI, University of Padua (Italy), IAC (Spain), Stockholm Observatory (Sweden), Imperial College London, RAL, UCL-MSSL, UKATC, University of Sussex (UK) and Caltech, JPL, NHSC, University of Colorado (USA). This development has been supported by national funding agencies: CSA (Canada); NAOC (China); CEA, CNES, CNRS (France); ASI (Italy); MCINN (Spain); SNSB (Sweden); STFC, UKSA (UK) and NASA (USA). Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.
Group:TAPIR, COSMOS, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/F002858/1
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I000976/1
Herschel Science Ground Segment ConsortiumUNSPECIFIED
NASA Herschel Science CenterUNSPECIFIED
European Space Agency (ESA)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:surveys; galaxies: evolution; infrared: galaxies; submillimetre: galaxies
Issue or Number:3
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Official Citation:Oliver, S. J., Bock, J., Altieri, B., Amblard, A., Arumugam, V., Aussel, H., Babbedge, T., Beelen, A., Béthermin, M., Blain, A., Boselli, A., Bridge, C., Brisbin, D., Buat, V., Burgarella, D., Castro-Rodríguez, N., Cava, A., Chanial, P., Cirasuolo, M., Clements, D. L., Conley, A., Conversi, L., Cooray, A., Dowell, C. D., Dubois, E. N., Dwek, E., Dye, S., Eales, S., Elbaz, D., Farrah, D., Feltre, A., Ferrero, P., Fiolet, N., Fox, M., Franceschini, A., Gear, W., Giovannoli, E., Glenn, J., Gong, Y., González Solares, E. A., Griffin, M., Halpern, M., Harwit, M., Hatziminaoglou, E., Heinis, S., Hurley, P., Hwang, H. S., Hyde, A., Ibar, E., Ilbert, O., Isaak,  K., Ivison, R. J., Lagache,  G., Le Floc'h, E., Levenson, L., Faro, B. L., Lu, N., Madden, S., Maffei, B., Magdis,  G., Mainetti, G., Marchetti, L., Marsden,  G., Marshall, J., Mortier, A. M. J., Nguyen, H. T., O'Halloran, B., Omont, A., Page, M. J., Panuzzo, P., Papageorgiou, A., Patel, H., Pearson, C. P., Pérez-Fournon, I., Pohlen, M., Rawlings, J. I., Raymond, G., Rigopoulou, D., Riguccini, L., Rizzo, D., Rodighiero,  G., Roseboom, I. G., Rowan-Robinson, M., Sánchez Portal, M., Schulz, B., Scott, D., Seymour, N., Shupe, D. L., Smith, A. J., Stevens, J. A., Symeonidis, M., Trichas, M., Tugwell, K. E., Vaccari, M., Valtchanov, I., Vieira, J. D., Viero, M., Vigroux, L., Wang, L., Ward, R., Wardlow, J., Wright, G., Xu, C. K. and Zemcov, M. (2012), The Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey: HerMES. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424: 1614–1635. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20912.x
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