1 Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternware 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
2 Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden
3 Department of Physics, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta
4 Institute of Space Sciences & Astronomy, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta
5 Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA, UK
6 CRAL, Observatoire de Lyon, CNRS, Université Lyon 1, 9 Avenue Charles André, 69561 Saint Genis-Laval Cedex, France
7 Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Received: 26 April 2017
Accepted: 19 May 2017
We present a first instalment of the MUSE-Wide survey, covering an area of 22.2 arcmin2 (corresponding to ~20% of the final survey) in the CANDELS/Deep area of the Chandra Deep Field South. We use the MUSE integral field spectrograph at the ESO VLT to conduct a full-area spectroscopic mapping at a depth of 1 h exposure time per 1 arcmin2 pointing. We searched for compact emission line objects using our newly developed LSDCat software based on a 3D matched filtering approach, followed by interactive classification and redshift measurement of the sources. Our catalogue contains 831 distinct emission line galaxies with redshifts ranging from 0.04 to 6. Roughly one third (237) of the emission line sources are Lyman α emitting galaxies with 3 < z < 6, only four of which had previously measured spectroscopic redshifts. At lower redshifts 351 galaxies are detected primarily by their [O ii] emission line (0.3 ≲ z ≲ 1.5), 189 by their [O iii] line (0.21 ≲ z ≲ 0.85), and 46 by their Hα line (0.04 ≲ z ≲ 0.42). Comparing our spectroscopic redshifts to photometric redshift estimates from the literature, we find excellent agreement for z < 1.5 with a median Δz of only ~4 × 10-4 and an outlier rate of 6%, however a significant systematic offset of Δz = 0.26 and an outlier rate of 23% for Lyα emitters at z > 3. Together with the catalogue we also release 1D PSF-weighted extracted spectra and small 3D datacubes centred on each of the 831 sources.
Key words: galaxies: high-redshift / techniques: imaging spectroscopy / catalogs / surveys
Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere under ESO programme 094.A-0205.
Data products are available via http://muse-vlt.eu/science/ and at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (184.108.40.206) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/606/A12 .
© ESO, 2017