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  • R. J. Beswick
  • E. Brinks
  • M. A. Perez-Torres
  • A. M. S. Richards
  • S. Aalto
  • A. Alberdi
  • M.K. Argo
  • I. van Bemmel
  • J. E. Conway
  • C. Dickinson
  • D. M. Fenech
  • M.D. Gray
  • H-R Klockner
  • E. J. Murphy
  • T.W.B. Muxlow
  • M. Peel
  • A. P. Rushton
  • E. Schinnerer
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Original languageEnglish
Article number070
Number of pages23
JournalProceedings of Science
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015
EventAdvancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array - Giardini Naxos, Italy
Duration: 8 Jun 201413 Jun 2014


The SKA will be a transformational instrument in the study of our local Universe. In particular, by virtue of its high sensitivity (both to point sources and diffuse low surface brightness emission), angular resolution and the frequency ranges covered, the SKA will undertake a very wide range of astrophysical research in the field of nearby galaxies. By surveying vast numbers of nearby galaxies of all types with $\mu$Jy sensitivity and sub-arcsecond angular resolutions at radio wavelengths, the SKA will provide the cornerstone of our understanding of star-formation and accretion activity in the local Universe. In this chapter we outline the key continuum and molecular line science areas where the SKA, both during phase-1 and when it becomes the full SKA, will have a significant scientific impact.


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