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|Title:||The VIMOS Ultra Deep Survey first data release: Spectra and spectroscopic redshifts of 698 objects up to zspec ~ 6 in CANDELS||Authors:||Tasca, L. A. M.
Le Fèvre, O.
GARILLI, BIANCA MARIA ROSA
Le Brun, V.
Lemaux, B. C.
CASSARA, LETIZIA PASQUA
Hathi, N. P.
de la Torre, S.
Wang, P. W.
|Issue Date:||2017||Journal:||ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS||Number:||600||First Page:||A110||Abstract:||This paper describes the first data release (DR1) of the VIMOS Ultra Deep Survey (VUDS). The VUDS-DR1 is the release of all low-resolution spectroscopic data obtained in 276.9 arcmin<SUP>2</SUP> of the CANDELS-COSMOS and CANDELS-ECDFS survey areas, including accurate spectroscopic redshifts z<SUB>spec</SUB> and individual spectra obtained with VIMOS on the ESO-VLT. A total of 698 objects have a measured redshift, with 677 galaxies, two type-I AGN, and a small number of 19 contaminating stars. The targets of the spectroscopic survey are selected primarily on the basis of their photometric redshifts to ensure a broad population coverage. About 500 galaxies have z<SUB>spec</SUB> > 2, 48of which have z<SUB>spec</SUB> > 4; the highest reliable redshifts reach beyond z<SUB>spec</SUB> = 6. This data set approximately doubles the number of galaxies with spectroscopic redshifts at z > 3 in these fields. We discuss the general properties of the VUDS-DR1 sample in terms of the spectroscopic redshift distribution, the distribution of Lyman-α equivalent widths, and physical properties including stellar masses M<SUB>⋆</SUB> and star formation rates derived from spectral energy distribution fitting with the knowledge of z<SUB>spec</SUB>. We highlight the properties of the most massive star-forming galaxies, noting the wide range in spectral properties, with Lyman-α in emission or in absorption, and in imaging properties with compact, multi-component, or pair morphologies. We present the catalogue database and data products. All VUDS-DR1 data are publicly available and can be retrieved from a dedicated query-based database. Future VUDS data releases will follow this VUDS-DR1 to give access to the spectra and associated measurement of 8000 objects in the full 1 square degree of the VUDS survey. Based on data obtained with the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope, Paranal, Chile, under Large Program 185.A-0791. <A href="http://cesam.lam.fr/vuds">http://cesam.lam.fr/vuds||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/27050||URL:||https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2017/04/aa27963-15/aa27963-15.html||ISSN:||0004-6361||DOI:||10.1051/0004-6361/201527963||Bibcode ADS:||2017A&A...600A.110T||Fulltext:||open|
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