Frontier Fields Catalogues

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We present the public release of the first complete catalogues of Frontier Fields Abell-2744 and MACSJ-0416 cluster and parallel pointings.

The catalogues include multi-band photometry (8 HST bands, deep Ks from the HAWK-I FF program, and Spitzer-IRAC 3.6 and 4.5 um), magnification, photometric redshifts and rest-frame properties, plus a variety of diagnostic information. The cluster pointings have been analysed following a multi-step procedure to remove foreground emission from intra-cluster light and very bright galaxies. Photometry from low-resolution IR bands has been derived with T-PHOT.

Two papers describing in details the catalogues and the procedures followed to obtain them have been submitted to Astronomy and Astrophysics and are available on the arXiv:

The full catalogues can be downloaded from this link .

Original fits images for each survey

The table below gives links to the original fits images. They have been combined to create the HiPS that can be viewed in Aladin.

"N/A" in the table means that the corresponding fits image is not available.

Processed fits images

The table below gives links to the processed fits images. Processed images are the result of the procedure to subtract foreground light from ICL and bright cluster galaxies, as described in Merlin et al. 2016. They are displayed on a different scale with respect to the original images, to make faint sources more evident.

For parallel fields, the processed images are the same as the original images, but with different scale levels to see fainter sources. The original images for parallel fields are in the table above.

Description of the table columns

ID: Identication number in the input photometric catalogues. The IDs are organized as follows:

  • H-detected objects have IDs starting from 1;
  • IR-detected objects have IDs starting from 20000;
  • the bright cluster objects, modeled and subtracted from the HST images, have IDs starting with 100000.

RA, DEC: Positions of objects.

MAG_…: AB magnitudes.

MAGERR_…: Relatives uncertainties for each magnitude.

ZBEST: Corresponds to the reference (median) photo-z value except when a match with a publicly available high-quality spectroscopic source is found within 1 arcsec. Sources for which the photo-z run did not converge to a solution are set to ZBEST=-1.0.

ZBEST_SIQR: Median photometric redshift uncertainty range (equal to 0 for spectroscopic sources).

MAGNIF: Median magnification (cluster fields), or magnification from the Merten model (parallel fields).

ZSPECFLAG: The value is set =1 for sources with spectroscopic redshift, =0 otherwise.

MSTAR: Stellar mass in units of 109M (assuming Salpeter IMF).

SFR: Star-formation rate in units of M/yr.

RELFLAG: This flag is meant to provide a combined indication of the robustness of photometric and photo-z estimates.

  • Sources with RELFLAG=1 have enough reliable photometric information for estimating photometric-redshifts.
  • Instead, the value is =0 for sources either:
    • falling close to the border of the images;
    • close to strong residual features of the Galfit image pre-processing;
    • found to be spurious (mostly stellar spikes) from visual inspection;
    • having SExtractor FLAG>=16;
    • having unphysical flux in the detection band;
    • having less than 5 HST bands with reliable flux measurement available for photo-z procedures.

How to view your catalogues

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