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Astron. Astrophys. 325, 954-960 (1997)

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5. Summary

We have presented the main characteristics of the ESO Slice Project, a redshift survey limited to [FORMULA] in a region near the South Galactic Pole.

This survey, consisting of 3342 galaxies with reliable redshift determination, provides a large data-base of galaxy spectra which will be useful to study the spectral properties of galaxies and will constitute a reference for the next generation of larger and deeper redshift surveys. Preliminary analysis of a large sub-sample of 2550 galaxies shows a strong anti-correlation between the fraction of galaxies with an o2 equivalent width greater than 20 Å and the absolute magnitude. This fraction of actively star-forming galaxies increases from a few percent for the brightest galaxies up to about 40% for the galaxies fainter than [FORMULA] [FORMULA]  .

Finally, this survey allows the study of the large-scale structure at intermediate depth ([FORMULA]). The most outstanding feature in the redshift distribution is a very significant peak at [FORMULA]   [FORMULA] Mpc . Similar peaks, at the same distance, are detected in other surveys in the same region of the sky. We conclude that there is evidence for the presence of a large bidimensional structure perpendicular to the line of sight. The minimum size of this structure would be of the order of [FORMULA]   [FORMULA] Mpc , comparable with the size of the Great Wall.

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Online publication: April 28, 1998