The e-MERGE Survey (e-MERLIN Galaxy Evolution Survey): overview and survey description
Journal article, 2020

We present an overview and description of the e-MERGE Survey (e-MERLIN Galaxy Evolution Survey) Data Release 1 (DR1), a large program of high-resolution 1.5-GHz radio observations of the GOODS-N field comprising similar to 140 h of observations with enhanced-Multi-Element Remotely Linked Interferometer Network (e-MERLIN) and similar to 40 h with the Very Large Array (VLA). We combine the long baselines of e-MERLIN (providing high angular resolution) with the relatively closely packed antennas of the VLA (providing excellent surface brightness sensitivity) to produce a deep 1.5-GHz radio survey with the sensitivity (similar to 1.5 mu Jy beam(-1)), angular resolution (0.2-0.7 arcsec) and field-of-view (similar to 15x15 arcmin(2)) to detect and spatially resolve star-forming galaxies and active galactic nucleus (AGN) at z greater than or similar to 1.
The goal of e-MERGE is to provide new constraints on the deep, sub-arcsecond radio sky which will be surveyed by SKA1-mid. In this initial publication, we discuss our data analysis techniques, including steps taken to model in-beam source variability over an similar to 20-yr baseline and the development of newpoint spread function/primary beam models to seamlessly merge e-MERLIN and VLA data in the uv plane. We present early science results, including measurements of the luminosities and/or linear sizes of similar to 500 galaxies selected at 1.5 GHz. In combination with deep Hubble Space Telescope observations, we measure a mean radio-to-optical size ratio of r(e-MERGE)/r(HST) similar to 1.02 +/- 0.03, suggesting that in most high-redshift galaxies, the similar to GHz continuum emission traces the stellar light seen in optical imaging. This is the first in a series of papers that will explore the similar to kpc-scale radio properties of star-forming galaxies and AGN in the GOODS-N field observed by e-MERGE DR1.

radio continuum: galaxies

Galaxies: high-redshift

Galaxies: evolution


T. W. B. Muxlow

University of Manchester

A. P. Thomson

University of Southampton

University of Manchester

J. F. Radcliffe

University of Pretoria

University of Manchester

N. H. Wrigley

University of Manchester

R. J. Beswick

University of Manchester

Ian Smail

Durham University

I. M. McHardy

University of Southampton

S. T. Garrington

University of Manchester

R. J. Ivison

University of Edinburgh

European Southern Observatory Santiago

M. J. Jarvis

University of Oxford

University of the Western Cape

I. Prandoni

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

M. Bondi

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

D. Guidetti

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

M. K. Argo

University of Central Lancashire

David Bacon

University of Portsmouth

P. N. Best

University of Edinburgh

A. D. Biggs

European Southern Observatory Santiago

S. C. Chapman

Dalhousie University

K. Coppin

University of Hertfordshire

H. Chen

University of Manchester

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Chinese Academy of Sciences

T. K. Garratt

University of Hertfordshire

M. A. Garrett

Leiden University

University of Manchester

E. Ibar

University of Valparaíso

Jean-Paul Kneib

Aix Marseille University

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics

L. V. E. Koopmans

University of Groningen

L. K. Morabito

Durham University

E. J. Murphy

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

A. Njeri

University of Manchester

Chris Pearson

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

M. A. Perez-Torres

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

A. M. S. Richards

University of Manchester

H. J. A. Rottgering

Leiden University

M. T. Sargent

University of Sussex

Stephen Serjeant

Open University

C. Simpson

Gemini Observatory North

J. M. Simpson

Academia Sinica

A. M. Swinbank

Durham University

Eskil Varenius

University of Manchester

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Onsala Space Observatory

T. Venturi

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

0035-8711 (ISSN) 1365-2966 (eISSN)

Vol. 495 1 1188-1208

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