Galaxy Zoo: quantitative visual morphological classifications for 48 000 galaxies from CANDELS

Simmons, B.D. and Lintott, Chris and Willett, Kyle W. and Masters, Karen L. and Kartaltepe, Jeyhan S. and Häußler, Boris and Kaviraj, Sugata and Krawczyk, Coleman and Kruk, S.J. and McIntosh, Daniel H. and Smethurst, R.J. and Nichol, Robert C. and Scarlata, Claudia and Schawinski, Kevin and Conselice, Christopher J. and Almaini, Omar and Ferguson, Henry C. and Fortson, Lucy and Hartley, William and Kocevski, Dale and Koekemoer, Anton M. and Mortlock, Alice and Newman, Jeffrey A. and Bamford, Steven P. and Grogin, N.A. and Lucas, Ray A. and Hathi, Nimish P. and McGrath, Elizabeth and Peth, Michael and Pforr, Janine and Rizer, Zachary and Wuyts, Stijn and Barro, Guillermo and Bell, Eric F. and Castellano, Marco and Dahlen, Tomas and Dekel, Avishai and Ownsworth, Jamie and Faber, Sandra M. and Finkelstein, Steven L. and Fontana, Adriano and Galametz, Audrey and Grützbauch, Ruth and Koo, David and Lotz, Jennifer and Mobasher, Bahram and Mozena, Mark and Salvato, Mara and Wiklind, Tommy (2017) Galaxy Zoo: quantitative visual morphological classifications for 48 000 galaxies from CANDELS. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 464 (4). pp. 4420-4447. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We present quantified visual morphologies of approximately 48 000 galaxies observed in three Hubble Space Telescope legacy fields by the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) and classified by participants in the Galaxy Zoo project. 90 per cent of galaxies have z ≤ 3 and are observed in rest-frame optical wavelengths by CANDELS. Each galaxy received an average of 40 independent classifications, which we combine into detailed morphological information on galaxy features such as clumpiness, bar instabilities, spiral structure, and merger and tidal signatures. We apply a consensus-based classifier weighting method that preserves classifier independence while effectively down-weighting significantly outlying classifications. After analysing the effect of varying image depth on reported classifications, we also provide depth-corrected classifications which both preserve the information in the deepest observations and also enable the use of classifications at comparable depths across the full survey. Comparing the Galaxy Zoo classifications to previous classifications of the same galaxies shows very good agreement; for some applications, the high number of independent classifications provided by Galaxy Zoo provides an advantage in selecting galaxies with a particular morphological profile, while in others the combination of Galaxy Zoo with other classifications is a more promising approach than using any one method alone. We combine the Galaxy Zoo classifications of ‘smooth’ galaxies with parametric morphologies to select a sample of featureless discs at 1 ≤ z ≤ 3, which may represent a dynamically warmer progenitor population to the settled disc galaxies seen at later epochs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: galaxies: bulges ; galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD ; galaxies: evolution ; galaxies: general ; galaxies: spiral ; galaxies: structure
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw2587
Depositing User: Bamford, Steven
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 15:38
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39626

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