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A WFC3 grism emission line redshift catalog in the goods-south field

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  • Aaron M. Morris
  • Dale D. Kocevski
  • Jonathan R. Trump
  • Benjamin J. Weiner
  • Nimish P. Hathi
  • Guillermo Barro
  • Tomas Dahlen
  • Sandra M. Faber
  • Steven L. Finkelstein
  • Adriano Fontana
  • Henry C. Ferguson
  • Norman A. Grogin
  • Ruth Grützbauch
  • Yicheng Guo
  • Li Ting Hsu
  • Anton M. Koekemoer
  • David C. Koo
  • Bahram Mobasher
  • Janine Pforr
  • Mara Salvato
  • And 2 others
  • Tommy Wiklind
  • Stijn Wuyts

We combine Hubble Space Telescope (HST)/Wide Field Camera3 (WFC3) imaging and G141 grism observations from the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) and 3D-HST surveys to produce a catalog of grism spectroscopic redshifts for galaxies in the CANDELS/GOODS-South field. The WFC3/G141 grism spectra cover a wavelength range of 1.1 ≤ λ ≤ 1.7 μm with a resolving power of for point sources, thus providing rest-frame optical spectra for galaxies out to z ∼ 3.5 . The catalog is selected in the H-band (F160W) and includes both galaxies with and without previously published spectroscopic redshifts. Grism spectra are extracted for all H-band detected galaxies with H ≤ 24 and a CANDELS photometric redshift zphot ≥ 0.6. The resulting spectra are visually inspected to identify emission lines, and redshifts are determined using cross-correlation with empirical spectral templates. To establish the accuracy of our redshifts, we compare our results against high-quality spectroscopic redshifts from the literature. Using a sample of 411 control galaxies, this analysis yields a precision of σNMAD = 0.0028 for the grism-derived redshifts, which is consistent with the accuracy reported by the 3D-HST team. Our final catalog covers an area of 153 arcmin2 and contains 1019 redshifts for galaxies in GOODS-S. Roughly 60% (608/1019) of these redshifts are for galaxies with no previously published spectroscopic redshift. These new redshifts span a range of 0.677 ≤ z ≤ 3.456 and have a median redshift of z = 1.282. The catalog contains a total of 234 new redshifts for galaxies at z > 1.5.. In addition, we present 20 galaxy pair candidates identified for the first time using the grism redshifts in our catalog, including four new galaxy pairs at z ∼ 2,, nearly doubling the number of such pairs previously identified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number178
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


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