Improved Photometric Redshifts via Enhanced Estimates of System Response, Galaxy Templates, and Magnitude Priors

Дата и время публикации : 2012-11-14T09:03:04Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Samuel J. Schmidt
Paul Thorman

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Коментарии к cтатье: 13 pages, 10 figures, submitted to MNRAS. Updated MOSAIC z-band filter curve available as an electronic attachment (MOSAIC_z_Thorman.txt). To retrieve filter, download and extract the gzipped tar source file listed under “Other formats”
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: Wide, deep photometric surveys require robust photometric redshift estimates (photo-z’s) for studies of large-scale structure. These estimates depend critically on accurate photometry. We describe the improvements to the photometric calibration and the photo-z estimates in the Deep Lens Survey (DLS) from correcting three of the inputs to the photo-z calculation: the system response as a function of wavelength, the spectral energy distribution templates, and template prior probabilities as a function of magnitude. We model the system response with a physical model of the MOSAIC camera’s CCD, which corrects a 0.1 magnitude discrepancy in the colours of type M2 and later stars relative to the SDSS z-band photometry. We provide our estimated z-band response function for the use of other surveys that used MOSAIC before its recent detector upgrade. The improved throughput curve, template set, and Bayesian prior lead to a 20 per cent reduction in photo-z scatter and a reduction of the bias by a factor of more than two. This paper serves as both a photo-z data release description for DLS and a guide for testing the quality of photometry and resulting photo-z’s generally.

Category: Physics