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The VIPERS Multi-Lambda Survey I. UV and near-IR observations, multi-colour catalogues, and photometric redshifts

Moutard, T. and Arnouts, S. and Ilbert, O. and Coupon, J. and Hudelot, P. and Vibert, D. and Comte, V. and Conseil, S. and Davidzon, I. and Guzzo, L. and Llebaria, A. and Martin, C. and McCracken, H. J. and Milliard, B. and Morrison, G. and Schiminovich, D. and Treyer, M. and Van Werbaeke, L. (2016) The VIPERS Multi-Lambda Survey I. UV and near-IR observations, multi-colour catalogues, and photometric redshifts. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 590 . Art. No. A102. ISSN 0004-6361.

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We present observations collected in the CFHTLS-VIPERS region in the ultraviolet with the GALEX satellite (far- and near-ultraviolet channels) and in the near-infrared with the CFHT/WIRCam camera (K_s band) over an area of 22 and 27 deg^2, respectively. The depth of the photometry was optimised to measure the physical properties (e.g., star formation rate, stellar masses) of all the galaxies in the VIPERS spectroscopic survey. The large volume explored by VIPERS will enable a unique investigation of the relationship between the galaxy properties and their environment (density field and cosmic web) at high redshift (0.5 ≤ z ≤ 1.2). In this paper, we present the observations, the data reductions, and the build-up of the multi-colour catalogues. The CFHTLS-T0007 (gri-χ^2) images are used as reference to detect and measure the Ks-band photometry, while the T0007 u^∗-selected sources are used as priors to perform the GALEX photometry based on a dedicated software (EMphot). Our final sample reaches NUV_(AB) ~ 25 (at 5σ) and KAB ~ 22 (at 3σ). The large spectroscopic sample (~51 000 spectroscopic redshifts) allows us to highlight the robustness of our star/galaxy separation and the reliability of our photometric redshifts with a typical accuracy of σ_z ≤ 0.04 and a fraction of catastrophic failures η ≤ 2% down to i ~ 23. We present various tests on the K_s-band completeness and photometric redshift accuracy by comparing our results with existing overlapping deep photometric catalogues. Finally, we discuss the BzK sample of passive and active galaxies at high redshift and the evolution of galaxy morphology in the (NUV−r) vs. (r−K_s) diagram at low redshift (z ≤ 0.25) based on the high image quality of the CFHTLS.

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Additional Information:© 2016 ESO. Received 10 December 2015. Accepted 9 February 2016. Published online 23 May 2016. We gratefully thank C. Moreau from CeSAM/LAM for her major contribution to the building of the database. We would like to thank M. Jarvis and B. Haeussler for giving us access to the VIDEO dataset in the XMMLSS field. We also wish to thank R. Overzier for providing us semi-analytical simulations, and L. Arcila-Osejo for helping us with the BzK compilations. This research is in part supported by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France, and the ANR Spin(e) project (ANR-13-BS05-0005, L.G. acknowledges support of the European Research Council through the Darklight ERC Advanced Research Grant (# 291521). This paper is based on observations obtained with MegaPrime/MegaCam, a joint project of CFHT and CEA/DAPNIA, and with WIRCam, a joint project of CFHT, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and France, at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).The CFHT is operated by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France, and the University of Hawaii. This work is based in part on data products produced at TERAPIX available at the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre as part of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey, a collaborative project of NRC and CNRS. We thank the TERAPIX team for the reduction of all the WIRCAM images and the preparation of the catalogues matching with the T0007 CFHTLS data release. This paper is based on observations made with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX). GALEX is a NASA Small Explorer, whose mission was developed in cooperation with the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) of France and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. GALEX is operated for NASA by the California Institute of Technology under NASA contract NAS5-98034. This paper uses data from the VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS). VIPERS has been performed using the ESO Very Large Telescope, under the “Large Programme” 182.A-0886. The participating institutions and funding agencies are listed at This paper uses data from the VIMOS VLT Deep Survey (VVDS) obtained at the ESO Very Large Telescope under programs 070.A-9007 and 177.A-0837, and made available at the CeSAM data center, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, France. Funding for PRIMUS is provided by NSF (AST-0607701, AST-0908246, AST-0908442, AST-0908354) and NASA (Spitzer-1356708, 08-ADP08-0019, NNX09AC95G). Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy Office of Science. The Participating Institutions of the SDSS-III Collaboration are listed at
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European Research Council (ERC)291521
NASA Spitzer1356708
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: photometry galaxies: distances and redshifts galaxies: evolution
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Official Citation:The VIPERS Multi-Lambda Survey - I. UV and near-IR observations, multi-colour catalogues, and photometric redshifts T. Moutard, S. Arnouts, O. Ilbert, J. Coupon, P. Hudelot, D. Vibert, V. Comte, S. Conseil, I. Davidzon, L. Guzzo, A. Llebaria, C. Martin, H. J. McCracken, B. Milliard, G. Morrison, D. Schiminovich, M. Treyer and L. Van Werbaeke A&A, 590 (2016) A102 DOI:
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