LoCuSS: exploring the selection of faint blue background galaxies for cluster weak-lensing
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
Keywordsgravitational lensing: weak
galaxies: clusters: general
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PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS
CitationLoCuSS: exploring the selection of faint blue background galaxies for cluster weak-lensing 2016, 463 (4):4004 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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AbstractCosmological constraints from galaxy clusters rely on accurate measurements of the mass and internal structure of clusters. An important source of systematic uncertainty in cluster mass and structure measurements is the secure selection of background galaxies that are gravitationally lensed by clusters. This issue has been shown to be particular severe for faint blue galaxies. We therefore explore the selection of faint blue background galaxies, by reference to photometric redshift catalogues derived from the Cosmological Evolution Survey (COSMOS) and our own observations of massive galaxy clusters at z similar or equal to 0.2. We show that methods relying on photometric redshifts of galaxies in/behind clusters based on observations through five filters, and on deep 30-band COSMOS photometric redshifts are both inadequate to identify safely faint blue background galaxies with the same 1 per cent contamination level that we have achieved with red galaxies. This is due to the small number of filters used by the former, and absence of massive galaxy clusters at redshifts of interest in the latter. Nevertheless, our least contaminated blue galaxy sample yields stacked weak-lensing results consistent with our previously published results based on red galaxies, and we show that the stacked clustercentric number density profile of these faint blue galaxies is consistent with expectations from consideration of the lens magnification signal of the clusters. Indeed, the observed number density of blue background galaxies changes by similar to 10-30 per cent across the radial range over which other surveys assume it to be flat.
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SponsorsScience and Technology Facilities Council; Royal Society; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan ; Core Research for Energetic Universe in Hiroshima University (MEXT program for promoting the enhancement of research universities, Japan); 'World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Initiative)'; Funds for the Development of Human Resources in Science and Technology under MEXT, Japan; CONICYT Anillo project [ACT-1122]
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