A catalogue of structural and morphological measurements for DES Y1

Tarsitano, F, Hartley, W G, Armara, A, Bluck, A, Bruderer, C, Carollo, M, Conselice, C, Melchior, P, Moraes, B, Refregier, A and Romer, A K (2018) A catalogue of structural and morphological measurements for DES Y1. Royal Astronomical Society, 481 (2). pp. 2018-2040. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We present a structural and morphological catalogue for 45 million objects selected from the first year data of the Dark Energy Survey (DES). Single Sersic fits and non-parametric ´ measurements are produced for g, r, and i filters. The parameters from the best-fitting Sersic ´ model (total magnitude, half-light radius, Sersic index, axis ratio, and position angle) are mea- ´ sured with GALFIT; the non-parametric coefficients (concentration, asymmetry, clumpiness, Gini, M20) are provided using the Zurich Estimator of Structural Types (ZEST+). To study the statistical uncertainties, we consider a sample of state-of-the-art image simulations with a realistic distribution in the input parameter space and then process and analyse them as we do with real data: this enables us to quantify the observational biases due to PSF blurring and magnitude effects and correct the measurements as a function of magnitude, galaxy size, Sersic ´ index (concentration for the analysis of the non-parametric measurements) and ellipticity. We present the largest structural catalogue to date: we find that accurate and complete measurements for all the structural parameters are typically obtained for galaxies with SEXTRACTOR MAG AUTO I ≤ 21. Indeed, the parameters in the filters i and r can be overall well recovered up to MAG AUTO ≤ 21.5, corresponding to a fitting completeness of ∼90 per cent below this threshold, for a total of 25 million galaxies. The combination of parametric and non-parametric structural measurements makes this catalogue an important instrument to explore and understand how galaxies form and evolve. The catalogue described in this paper will be publicly released alongside the DES collaboration Y1 cosmology data products at the following URL: https://des.ncsa.illinois.edu/releases.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Catalogues, surveys, galaxy evolution, galaxy structure, galaxies
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Astronomy Centre
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Jodie Bacon
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 13:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78908

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