Dark Energy Survey year 1 results: redshift distributions of the weak-lensing source galaxies

Hoyle, B, Gruen, D, Bernstein, G M, Rau, M M, De Vicente, J, Hartley, W G, Gaztanaga, E., Derose, J, Troxel, M A, Davis, C, Alarcon, A, MacCrann, N, Prat Camps, J, Sanchez, C, Sheldon, E, Wechsler, R H, Asorey, J, Becker, M R, Bonnett, C, Carnero Rosell, A, Carollo, D, Carrasco Kind, M, Castander, F J, Cawthon, R, Chang, C, Childress, M, Davis, T M, Drlica-Wagner, A, Gatti, M, Glazebrook, K, Gschwend, J, Hinton, S R, Hoorman, J K, Kim, A G, King, A, Kuehn, K., Lewis, G, Lidman, C, Lin, H, Macaulay, E, Maia, M A G, Martini, P, Mudd, D, Moller, A, Nichol, R C, Ogando, R L C, Rollins, R P, Roodman, A, Ross, R J, Rozo, E, Rykoff, E S, Samuroff, S, Sevilla-Noarbe, I, Sharp, R, Sommer, N E, Tucker, B E, Uddin, S A, Varga, T N, Vielzeuf, P, Yuan, F, Zhang, B, Romer, K and The DES Collaboration, (2018) Dark Energy Survey year 1 results: redshift distributions of the weak-lensing source galaxies. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 478 (1). pp. 592-610. ISSN 0035-8711

[img] PDF (This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2018 Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved) - Published Version
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (1MB)


We describe the derivation and validation of redshift distribution estimates and their uncertainties for the populations of galaxies used as weak-lensing sources in the Dark Energy Survey (DES) Year 1 cosmological analyses. The Bayesian Photometric Redshift (BPZ) code is used to assign galaxies to four redshift bins between z ≈ 0.2 and ≈1.3, and to produce initial estimates of the lensing-weighted redshift distributions ni PZ(z) ∝ dni/dz for members of bin i. Accurate determination of cosmological parameters depends critically on knowledge of ni , but is insensitive to bin assignments or redshift errors for individual galaxies. The cosmological analyses allow for shifts ni(z) = niPZ(z − zi) to correct the mean redshift of ni(z) for biases in niPZ. The zi are constrained by comparison of independently estimated 30-band photometric redshifts of galaxies in the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) field to BPZ estimates made from the DES griz fluxes, for a sample matched in fluxes, pre-seeing size, and lensing weight to the DES weak-lensing sources. In companion papers, the zi of the three lowest redshift bins are further constrained by the angular clustering of the source galaxies around red galaxies with secure photometric redshifts at 0.15 < z < 0.9. This paper details the BPZ and COSMOS procedures, and demonstrates that the cosmological inference is insensitive to details of the ni(z) beyond the choice of zi . The clustering and COSMOS validation methods produce consistent estimates of zi in the bins where both can be applied, with combined uncertainties of σzi = 0.015, 0.013, 0.011, and 0.022 in the four bins. Repeating the photo-z procedure instead using the Directional Neighbourhood Fitting algorithm, or using the ni(z) estimated from the matched sample in COSMOS, yields no discernible difference in cosmological inferences.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Billy Wichaidit
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 09:31
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76746

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update
Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
University of Sussex Astronomy Consolidated Grant 2017-2020G2050STFC-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCILST/P000525/1