Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: the effect of intracluster light on photometric redshifts for weak gravitational lensing Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract We study the effect of diffuse intracluster light on the critical surface mass density estimated from photometric redshifts of lensing source galaxies, and the resulting bias in a weak lensing measurement of galaxy cluster mass. Under conservative assumptions, we find the bias to be negligible for imaging surveys like the Dark Energy Survey with a recommended scale cut of 200kpc distance from cluster centres. For significantly deeper lensing source galaxy catalogues from present and future surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope program, more conservative scale and source magnitude cuts or a correction of the effect may be necessary to achieve percent level lensing measurement accuracy, especially at the massive end of the cluster population.

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altmetric score

  • 8.68

author list (cited authors)

  • Gruen, D., Zhang, Y., Palmese, A., Yanny, B., Busti, V., Hoyle, B., ... Walker, A. R.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Gruen, D||Zhang, Y||Palmese, A||Yanny, B||Busti, V||Hoyle, B||Melchior, P||Miller, CJ||Rozo, E||Rykoff, ES||Varga, TN||Abdalla, FB||Allam, S||Annis, J||Avila, S||Brooks, D||Burke, DL||Carnero Rosell, A||Carrasco Kind, M||Carretero, J||Cawthon, R||Crocce, M||Cunha, CE||da Costa, LN||Davis, C||De Vicente, J||Desai, S||Diehl, HT||Dietrich, JP||Drlica-Wagner, A||Flaugher, B||Fosalba, P||Frieman, J||García-Bellido, J||Gaztanaga, E||Gerdes, DW||Gruendl, RA||Gschwend, J||Hollowood, DL||Honscheid, K||James, DJ||Jeltema, T||Krause, E||Kron, R||Kuehn, K||Kuropatkin, N||Lahav, O||Lima, M||Lin, H||Maia, MAG||Marshall, JL||Menanteau, F||Miquel, R||Ogando, RLC||Plazas, AA||Romer, AK||Scarpine, V||Sevilla-Noarbe, I||Smith, M||Soares-Santos, M||Sobreira, F||Suchyta, E||Swanson, MEC||Tarle, G||Thomas, D||Vikram, V||Walker, AR

publication date

  • July 2019