Searching for galaxy clusters in the Kilo-Degree Survey

Radovich, M., Puddu, E., Bellagamba, F., Roncarelli, M., Moscardini, L., Bardelli, S., Grado, A., Getman, F., Maturi, M., Huang, Z., Napolitano, N., McFarland, J., Valentijn, E. & Bilicki, M., 1-Feb-2017, In : Astronomy & astrophysics. 598, 12, 12 p., A107.

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  • M. Radovich
  • E. Puddu
  • F. Bellagamba
  • M. Roncarelli
  • L. Moscardini
  • S. Bardelli
  • A. Grado
  • F. Getman
  • M. Maturi
  • Z. Huang
  • N. Napolitano
  • J. McFarland
  • E. Valentijn
  • M. Bilicki
Aims: In this paper, we present the tools used to search for galaxy clusters in the Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS), and our first results. Methods: The cluster detection is based on an implementation of the optimal filtering technique that enables us to identify clusters as over-densities in the distribution of galaxies using their positions on the sky, magnitudes, and photometric redshifts. The contamination and completeness of the cluster catalog are derived using mock catalogs based on the data themselves. The optimal signal to noise threshold for the cluster detection is obtained by randomizing the galaxy positions and selecting the value that produces a contamination of less than 20%. Starting from a subset of clusters detected with high significance at low redshifts, we shift them to higher redshifts to estimate the completeness as a function of redshift: the average completeness is 85%. An estimate of the mass of the clusters is derived using the richness as a proxy. Results: We obtained 1858 candidate clusters with redshift 0
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA107
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy & astrophysics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2017


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