Euclid preparation: XXIII. Derivation of galaxy physical properties with deep machine learning using mock fluxes and H-band images

Euclid Consortium, C. Maraston, S. Nadathur

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Next generation telescopes, like Euclid, Rubin/LSST, and Roman, will open new windows on the Universe, allowing us to infer physical properties for tens of millions of galaxies. Machine learning methods are increasingly becoming the most efficient tools to handle this enormous amount of data, because they are often faster and more accurate than traditional methods. We investigate how well redshifts, stellar masses, and star-formation rates (SFR) can be measured with deep learning algorithms for observed galaxies within data mimicking the Euclid and Rubin/LSST surveys. We find that Deep Learning Neural Networks and Convolutional Neutral Networks (CNN), which are dependent on the parameter space of the training sample, perform well in measuring the properties of these galaxies and have a better accuracy than methods based on spectral energy distribution fitting. CNNs allow the processing of multi-band magnitudes together with HE-band images. We find that the estimates of stellar masses improve with the use of an image, but those of redshift and SFR do not. Our best results are deriving i) the redshift within a normalised error of less than 0.15 for 99.9%% of the galaxies with S/N>3 in the HE-band; ii) the stellar mass within a factor of two (⁠∼0.3dex∼0.3dex⁠) for 99.5%% of the considered galaxies; iii) the SFR within a factor of two (⁠∼0.3dex∼0.3dex⁠) for ∼70%∼70% of the sample. We discuss the implications of our work for application to surveys as well as how measurements of these galaxy parameters can be improved with deep learning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Early online date9 Jan 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 9 Jan 2023


  • astro-ph.GA
  • galaxies: general
  • galaxies: photometry
  • galaxies: star formation
  • galaxies: evolution
  • UKRI
  • STFC

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