The ALHAMBRA Survey: Bayesian Photometric Redshifts with 23 bands for 3 squared degrees

Molino, A.; Benítez, N.; Moles, M.; Fernández-Soto, A.; Cristóbal-Hornillos, D.; Ascaso, B.; Jiménez-Teja, Y.; Schoenell, W.; Arnalte-Mur, P.; Pović, M.; Coe, D.; López-Sanjuan, C.; Díaz-García, L. A.; Varela, J.; Matute, I.; Masegosa, J.; Márquez, I.; Perea, J.; Del Olmo, A.; Husillos, C.; Alfaro, E.; Aparicio-Villegas, T.; Cerviño, M.; Huertas-Company, M.; Aguerri, A. L.; Broadhurst, T.; Cabrera-Caño, J.; Cepa, J.; González Delgado, R. M.; Infante, L.; Martínez, V. J.; Prada, F.; Quintana, J. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 441, Issue 4, p.2891-2922 (2014).


The Advance Large Homogeneous Area Medium-Band Redshift Astronomical (ALHAMBRA) survey has observed eight different regions of the sky, including sections of the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS), DEEP2, European Large-Area Infrared Space Observatory Survey (ELAIS), Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey North (GOODS-N), Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and Groth fields using a new photometric system with 20 optical, contiguous ˜300-Å filters plus the JHKs bands. The filter system is designed to optimize the effective photometric redshift depth of the survey, while having enough wavelength resolution for the identification of faint emission lines. The observations, carried out with the Calar Alto 3.5-m telescope using the wide-field optical camera Large Area Imager for Calar Alto (LAICA) and the near-infrared (NIR) instrument Omega-2000, represent a total of ˜700 h of on-target science images. Here we present multicolour point-spread function (PSF) corrected photometry and photometric redshifts for ˜438 000 galaxies, detected in synthetic F814W images. The catalogues are complete down to a magnitude I ˜ 24.5 AB and cover an effective area of 2.79 deg2. Photometric zero-points were calibrated using stellar transformation equations and refined internally, using a new technique based on the highly robust photometric redshifts measured for emission-line galaxies. We calculate Bayesian photometric redshifts with the Bayesian Photometric Redshift (BPZ)2.0 code, obtaining a precision of δz/(1 + zs) = 1 per cent for I < 22.5 and δz/(1 + zs) = 1.4 per cent for 22.5 < I < 24.5. The global n(z) distribution shows a mean redshift <z> = 0.56 for I < 22.5 AB and <z> = 0.86 for I < 24.5 AB. Given its depth and small cosmic variance, ALHAMBRA is a unique data set for galaxy evolution studies.