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Testing Weak Lensing Maps With Redshift Surveys: A Subaru Field

By Michael J. Kurtz, Margaret J. Geller, Yousuke Utsumi, Satoshi Miyazaki, Ian P. Dell'Antonio and Daniel G. Fabricant


We use a dense redshift survey in the foreground of the Subaru GTO2deg^2 weak lensing field (centered at $\alpha_{2000}$ = 16$^h04^m44^s$;$\delta_{2000}$ =43^\circ11^{\prime}24^{\prime\prime}$) to assess the completeness and comment on the purity of massive halo identification in the weak lensing map. The redshift survey (published here) includes 4541 galaxies; 4405 are new redshifts measured with the Hectospec on the MMT. Among the weak lensing peaks with a signal-to-noise greater that 4.25, 2/3 correspond to individual massive systems; this result is essentially identical to the Geller et al. (2010) test of the Deep Lens Survey field F2. The Subaru map, based on images in substantially better seeing than the DLS, enables detection of less massive halos at fixed redshift as expected. We demonstrate that the procedure adopted by Miyazaki et al. (2007) for removing some contaminated peaks from the weak lensing map improves agreement between the lensing map and the redshift survey in the identification of candidate massive systems.Comment: Astrophysical Journal accepted versio

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0004-637X/750/2/168
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