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Investigating the Formation and Evolution of Massive Disc Galaxies with the MUSE TIMER Project

  • Gadotti, Dimitri A. [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Sánchez-Blázquez, Patricia [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain]
  • Falcón-Barroso, Jesús [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain]
  • Husemann, Bernd [Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany]
  • Seidel, Marja [Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, USA]
  • Leaman, Ryan [Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany]
  • Leung, Gigi [Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany]
  • van de Ven, Glenn [European Southern Observatory (ESO); Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany]
  • Querejeta, Miguel [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Fragkoudi, Francesca [Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany]
  • de Lorenzo-Cáceres, Adriana de [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain]
  • Méndez-Abreu, Jairo [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain]
  • Pérez, Isabel [Universidad de Granada, Spain]
  • Kim, Taehyun [Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejon, Korea]
  • Martinez-Valpuesta, Inma [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain]
  • Coelho, Paula [Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil]
  • Donohoe-Keyes, Charlotte [Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
  • Martig, Marie [Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
  • Neumann, Justus [Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, Germany]

Astronomical Science

The Time Inference with MUSE in Extragalactic Rings (TIMER) project is a survey using the integral-field spectrograph Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the VLT to study 24 nearby barred galaxies with prominent central structures, such as nuclear rings or inner discs. One of our main goals is to estimate the cosmic epoch when galaxy discs settle, leading to the formation of bars. This is also the onset of a phase in the history of the Universe during which secular evolution processes in galaxies become important. We illustrate the quality of the data with some first results and describe the legacy potential of the survey.

Created: 2018-09-01/2018-09-30
5 pages

Cite this article:

D. Gadotti, P. Sánchez-Blázquez, J. Falcón-Barroso, B. Husemann, M. Seidel, R. Leaman, G. Leung, G. van de Ven, M. Querejeta, F. Fragkoudi, A. de Lorenzo-Cáceres, J. Méndez-Abreu, I. Pérez, T. Kim, I. Martinez-Valpuesta, P. Coelho, C. Donohoe-Keyes, M. Martig, J. Neumann; Investigating the Formation and Evolution of Massive Disc Galaxies with the MUSE TIMER Project. The Messenger 173 (September 2018): 28–32.