The third data release of the Kilo-Degree Survey and associated data products

Jelte T.A. De Jong, Gijs A. Verdoes Kleijn, Thomas Erben, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Konrad Kuijken, Gert Sikkema, Massimo Brescia, Maciej Bilicki, Nicola R. Napolitano, Valeria Amaro, Kor G. Begeman, Danny R. Boxhoorn, Hugo Buddelmeijer, Stefano Cavuoti, Fedor Getman, Aniello Grado, Ewout Helmich, Zhuoyi Huang, Nancy Irisarri, Francesco La BarberaGiuseppe Longo, John P. McFarland, Reiko Nakajima, Maurizio Paolillo, Emanuella Puddu, Mario Radovich, Agatino Rifatto, Crescenzo Tortora, Edwin A. Valentijn, Civita Vellucci, Willem Jan Vriend, Alexandra Amon, Chris Blake, Ami Choi, Ian Fenech Conti, Stephen D.J. Gwyn, Ricardo Herbonnet, Catherine Heymans, Henk Hoekstra, Dominik Klaes, Julian Merten, Lance Miller, Peter Schneider, Massimo Viola

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Context. The Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS) is an ongoing optical wide-field imaging survey with the OmegaCAM camera at the VLT Survey Telescope. It aims to image 1500 square degrees in four filters (ugri). The core science driver is mapping the large-scale matter distribution in the Universe, using weak lensing shear and photometric redshift measurements. Further science cases include galaxy evolution, Milky Way structure, detection of high-redshift clusters, and finding rare sources such as strong lenses and quasars. Aims. Here we present the third public data release and several associated data products, adding further area, homogenized photometric calibration, photometric redshifts and weak lensing shear measurements to the first two releases. Methods. A dedicated pipeline embedded in the Astro-WISE information system is used for the production of the main release. Modifications with respect to earlier releases are described in detail. Photometric redshifts have been derived using both Bayesian template fitting, and machine-learning techniques. For the weak lensing measurements, optimized procedures based on the THELI data reduction and lensfit shear measurement packages are used. Results. In this third data release an additional 292 new survey tiles (≈300 deg2) stacked ugri images are made available, accompanied by weight maps, masks, and source lists. The multi-band catalogue, including homogenized photometry and photometric redshifts, covers the combined DR1, DR2 and DR3 footprint of 440 survey tiles (44 deg2). Limiting magnitudes are typically 24.3, 25.1, 24.9, 23.8 (5σ in a 20″ aperture) in ugri, respectively, and the typical r-band PSF size is less than 0.70″. The photometric homogenization scheme ensures accurate colours and an absolute calibration stable to ≈2% for gri and ≈3% in u. Separately released for the combined area of all KiDS releases to date are a weak lensing shear catalogue and photometric redshifts based on two different machine-learning techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA134
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Catalogs
  • Surveys
  • Techniques: image processing
  • Techniques: photometric


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