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The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey: IV. First Data Release: Photometric redshifts and rest-frame magnitudes

Astronomy and Astrophysics EDP Sciences 622 (2019) A3

K Duncan, J Sabater, H Rottgering, M Jarvis, D Smith, PN Best, R Cochrane, JH Croston, MJ Hardcastle, B Mingo, L Morabito, D Nisbet, I Prandoni, TW Shimwell, C Tasse, GJ White, WL Williams, L Alegre, KT Chyzy, G Gürkan, M Hoeft, R Kondapally, AP Mechev, GK Miley

The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) is a sensitive, high-resolution 120–168 MHz survey of the Northern sky. The LoTSS First Data Release (DR1) presents 424 square degrees of radio continuum observations over the HETDEX Spring Field (10h45m00s < right ascension <  15h30m00s and 45°00′00″ < declination < 57°00′00″) with a median sensitivity of 71 μJy beam−1 and a resolution of 6″. In this paper we present photometric redshifts (photo-z) for 94.4% of optical sources over this region that are detected in the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) 3π steradian survey. Combining the Pan-STARRS optical data with mid-infrared photometry from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, we estimate photo-zs using a novel hybrid photometric redshift methodology optimised to produce the best possible performance for the diverse sample of radio continuum selected sources. For the radio-continuum detected population, we find an overall scatter in the photo-z of 3.9% and an outlier fraction (|zphot−zspec|/(1 + zspec) > 0.15) of 7.9%. We also find that, at a given redshift, there is no strong trend in photo-z quality as a function of radio luminosity. However there are strong trends as a function of redshift for a given radio luminosity, a result of selection effects in the spectroscopic sample and/or intrinsic evolution within the radio source population. Additionally, for the sample of sources in the LoTSS First Data Release with optical counterparts, we present rest-frame optical and mid-infrared magnitudes based on template fits to the consensus photometric (or spectroscopic when available) redshift.

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