CLASH: Accurate photometric redshifts with 14 HST bands in massive galaxy cluster cores

A. Molino, N. Benítez, B. Ascaso, D. Coe, M. Postman, S. Jouvel, O. Host, O. Lahav, S. Seitz, E. Medezinski, P. Rosati, W. Schoenell, A. Koekemoer, Y. Jimenez-Teja, T. Broadhurst, P. Melchior, I. Balestra, M. Bartelmann, R. Bouwens, L. BradleyN. Czakon, M. Donahue, H. Ford, O. Graur, G. Graves, C. Grillo, L. Infante, S. W. Jha, D. Kelson, R. Lazkoz, D. Lemze, D. Maoz, A. Mercurio, M. Meneghetti, J. Merten, L. Moustakas, M. Nonino, S. Orgaz, A. Riess, S. Rodney, J. Sayers, K. Umetsu, W. Zheng, A. Zitrin

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We present accurate photometric redshifts for galaxies observed by the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH). CLASH observed 25 massive galaxy cluster cores with the Hubble Space Telescope in 16 filters spanning 0.2-1.7 μm. Photometry in such crowded fields is challenging. Compared to our previously released catalogues, we make several improvements to the photometry, including smaller apertures, intracluster light subtraction, point spread function matching and empirically measured uncertainties. We further improve the Bayesian photometric redshift estimates by adding a redder elliptical template and by inflating the photometric uncertainties of the brightest galaxies. The resulting photometric redshift accuracies are dz/(1+z) ~ 0.8, 1.0 and 2.0 per cent for galaxies with I-band F814W AB magnitudes < 18, 20 and 23, respectively. These results are consistent with our expectations. They improve on our previously reported accuracies by a factor of 4 at the bright end and a factor of 2 at the faint end. Our new catalogue includes 1257 spectroscopic redshifts, including 382 confirmed cluster members. We also provide stellar mass estimates. Finally, we include lensing magnification estimates of background galaxies based on our public lens models. Our new catalogue of all 25 CLASH clusters is available via Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The analysis techniques developed here will be useful in other surveys of crowded fields, including the Frontier Fields and surveys carried out with Javalambre-Physics of the Accelerated Universe Astrophysical Survey and James Webb Space Telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-113
Number of pages19
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Catalogues
  • Galaxies: clusters: general
  • Galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium
  • Galaxies: distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies: photometry
  • Ultraviolet: galaxies


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