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The Herschel Reference Survey is a Herschel guaranteed time key project and will be a benchmark study of dust in the nearby universe. The survey will complement a number of other Herschel key projects including large cosmological surveys that trace dust in the distant universe. We will use Herschel to produce images of a statistically-complete sample of 323 galaxies at 250, 350, and 500 mu m. The sample is volume-limited, containing sources with distances between 15 and 25 Mpc and flux limits in the K band to minimize the selection effects associated with dust and with young high-mass stars and to introduce a selection in stellar mass. The sample spans the whole range of morphological types (ellipticals to late-type spirals) and environments ( from the field to the center of the Virgo Cluster) and as such will be useful for other purposes than our own. We plan to use the survey to investigate (i) the dust content of galaxies as a function of Hubble type, stellar mass, and environment; (ii) the connection between the dust content and composition and the other phases of the interstellar medium; and (iii) the origin and evolution of dust in galaxies. In this article, we describe the goals of the survey, the details of the sample and some of the auxiliary observing programs that we have started to collect complementary data. We also use the available multifrequency data to carry out an analysis of the statistical properties of the sample.
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SPECTRAL ENERGY-DISTRIBUTIONS, ALPHA SURFACE PHOTOMETRY, RADIO LUMINOSITY FUNCTION, INTERSTELLAR DUST MODELS, FAR-INFRARED EMISSION, MID-IR EMISSION, EARLY-TYPE GALAXIES, STAR-FORMING GALAXIES, DIGITAL SKY SURVEY, VIRGO CLUSTER GALAXIES

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Boselli, A, S Eales, L Cortese, G Bendo, P Chanial, V Buat, J Davies, et al. 2010. “The Herschel Reference Survey.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 122 (889): 261–287.
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Boselli, A., Eales, S., Cortese, L., Bendo, G., Chanial, P., Buat, V., Davies, J., et al. (2010). The Herschel reference survey. PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC, 122(889), 261–287.
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Boselli A, Eales S, Cortese L, Bendo G, Chanial P, Buat V, et al. The Herschel reference survey. PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC. 2010;122(889):261–87.
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Boselli, A, S Eales, L Cortese, et al. “The Herschel Reference Survey.” PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC 122.889 (2010): 261–287. Print.
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  abstract     = {The Herschel Reference Survey is a Herschel guaranteed time key project and will be a benchmark study of dust in the nearby universe. The survey will complement a number of other Herschel key projects including large cosmological surveys that trace dust in the distant universe. We will use Herschel to produce images of a statistically-complete sample of 323 galaxies at 250, 350, and 500 mu m. The sample is volume-limited, containing sources with distances between 15 and 25 Mpc and flux limits in the K band to minimize the selection effects associated with dust and with young high-mass stars and to introduce a selection in stellar mass. The sample spans the whole range of morphological types (ellipticals to late-type spirals) and environments ( from the field to the center of the Virgo Cluster) and as such will be useful for other purposes than our own. We plan to use the survey to investigate (i) the dust content of galaxies as a function of Hubble type, stellar mass, and environment; (ii) the connection between the dust content and composition and the other phases of the interstellar medium; and (iii) the origin and evolution of dust in galaxies. In this article, we describe the goals of the survey, the details of the sample and some of the auxiliary observing programs that we have started to collect complementary data. We also use the available multifrequency data to carry out an analysis of the statistical properties of the sample.},
  author       = {Boselli, A and Eales, S and Cortese, L and Bendo, G and Chanial, P and Buat, V and Davies, J and Auld, R and Rigby, E and Baes, Maarten and Barlow, M and Bock, J and Bradford, M and Castro-Rodriguez, N and Charlot, S and Clements, D and Cormier, D and Dwek, E and Elbaz, D and Galametz, M and Galliano, F and Gear, W and Glenn, J and Gomez, H and Griffin, M and Hony, S and Isaak, K and Levenson, L and Lu, N and Madden, S and O'Halloran, B and Okamura, K and Oliver, S and Page, M and Panuzzo, P and Papageorgiou, A and Parkin, T and Perez-Fournon, I and Pohlen, M and Rangwala, N and Roussel, H and Rykala, A and Sacchi, N and Sauvage, M and Schulz, B and Schirm, M and Smith, MWL and Spinoglio, L and Stevens, J and Symeonidis, M and Vaccari, M and Vigroux, L and Wilson, C and Wozniak, H and Wright, G and Zeilinger, W},
  issn         = {0004-6280},
  journal      = {PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {889},
  pages        = {261--287},
  title        = {The Herschel reference survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/651535},
  volume       = {122},
  year         = {2010},
}

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