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Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): end of survey report and data release 2

Liske, J.; Baldry, I.K.; Driver, S.P.; Tuffs, R.J.; Alpaslan, M.; Andrae, E.; Brough, S.; Cluver, M.E.; Grootes, M.W.; Gunawardhana, M.L.P.; Kelvin, L.S.; Loveday, J.; Robotham, A.S.G.; Taylor, E.N.; Bamford, S.P.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Brown, M.J.I.; Drinkwater, M.J.; Hopkins, A.M.; Meyer, M.J.; Norberg, P.; Peacock, J.A.; Agius, N.K.; Andrews, S.K.; Bauer, A.E.; Ching, J.H.Y.; Colless, M.; Conselice, C.J.; Croom, S.M.; Davies, L.J.M.; De Propris, R.; Dunne, L.; Eardley, E.M.; Ellis, S.; Foster, C.; Frenk, C.S.; Häußler, B.; Holwerda, B.W.; Howlett, C.; Ibarra, H.; Jarvis, M.J.; Jones, D.H.; Kafle, P.R.; Lacey, C.G.; Lange, R.; Lara-López, M.A.; López-Sánchez, Á.R.; Maddox, S.; Madore, B.F.; McNaught-Roberts, T.; Moffett, A.J.; Nichol, R.C.; Owers, M.S.; Palamara, D.; Penny, S.J.; Phillipps, S.; Pimbblet, K.A.; Popescu, C.C.; Prescott, M.; Proctor, R.; Sadler, E.M.; Sansom, A.E.; Seibert, M.; Sharp, R.; Sutherland, W.; Vázquez-Mata, J.A.; van Kampen, E.; Wilkins, S.M.; Williams, R.; Wri...

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J. Liske

I.K. Baldry

S.P. Driver

R.J. Tuffs

M. Alpaslan

E. Andrae

S. Brough

M.E. Cluver

M.W. Grootes

M.L.P. Gunawardhana

L.S. Kelvin

J. Loveday

A.S.G. Robotham

E.N. Taylor

S.P. Bamford

J. Bland-Hawthorn

M.J.I. Brown

M.J. Drinkwater

A.M. Hopkins

M.J. Meyer

J.A. Peacock

N.K. Agius

S.K. Andrews

A.E. Bauer

J.H.Y. Ching

M. Colless

C.J. Conselice

S.M. Croom

L.J.M. Davies

R. De Propris

L. Dunne

E.M. Eardley

S. Ellis

C. Foster

B. Häußler

B.W. Holwerda

C. Howlett

H. Ibarra

M.J. Jarvis

D.H. Jones

P.R. Kafle

R. Lange

M.A. Lara-López

Á.R. López-Sánchez

S. Maddox

B.F. Madore

T. McNaught-Roberts

A.J. Moffett

R.C. Nichol

M.S. Owers

D. Palamara

S.J. Penny

S. Phillipps

K.A. Pimbblet

C.C. Popescu

M. Prescott

R. Proctor

E.M. Sadler

A.E. Sansom

M. Seibert

R. Sharp

W. Sutherland

J.A. Vázquez-Mata

E. van Kampen

S.M. Wilkins

R. Williams

A.H. Wright


The Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey is one of the largest contemporary spectroscopic surveys of low redshift galaxies. Covering an area of ∼286 deg2 (split among five survey regions) down to a limiting magnitude of r < 19.8 mag, we have collected spectra and reliable redshifts for 238 000 objects using the AAOmega spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. In addition, we have assembled imaging data from a number of independent surveys in order to generate photometry spanning the wavelength range 1 nm–1 m. Here, we report on the recently completed spectroscopic survey and present a series of diagnostics to assess its final state and the quality of the redshift data. We also describe a number of survey aspects and procedures, or updates thereof, including changes to the input catalogue, redshifting and re-redshifting, and the derivation of ultraviolet, optical and near-infrared photometry. Finally, we present the second public release of GAMA data. In this release, we provide input catalogue and targeting information, spectra, redshifts, ultraviolet, optical and near-infrared photometry, single-component Sérsic fits, stellar masses, Hα-derived star formation rates, environment information, and group properties for all galaxies with r < 19.0 mag in two of our survey regions, and for all galaxies with r < 19.4 mag in a third region (72 225 objects in total). The data base serving these data is available at


Liske, J., Baldry, I., Driver, S., Tuffs, R., Alpaslan, M., Andrae, E., …Wright, A. (2015). Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): end of survey report and data release 2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452(2), 2087-2126.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2015
Publication Date Sep 11, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 452
Issue 2
Pages 2087-2126
Keywords Surveys, Galaxies: distances and redshifts, Galaxies: fundamental parameters, Galaxies: general, Galaxies: photometry, Galaxies: statistics.


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