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The Impact Of JWST Broadband Filter Choice On Photometric Redshift Estimation

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posted on 2017-05-22, 13:37 authored by L. Bisigello, K. I. Caputi, L. Colina, O. Le Fevre, H. U. Norgaard-Nielsen, P. G. Perez-Gonzalez, John Pye, P. van der Werf, O. Ilbert, N. Grogin, A. Koekemoer
The determination of galaxy redshifts in the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) blank-field surveys will mostly rely on photometric estimates, based on the data provided by JWST’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) at 0.6–5.0 μm and Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) at l > 5.0 mm . In this work we analyze the impact of choosing different combinations of NIRCam and MIRI broadband filters (F070W to F770W), as well as having ancillary data at l < 0.6 mm , on the derived photometric redshifts (zphot) of a total of 5921 real and simulated galaxies, with known input redshifts z = 0–10. We found that observations at l < 0.6 mm are necessary to control the contamination of high-z samples by low-z interlopers. Adding MIRI (F560W and F770W) photometry to the NIRCam data mitigates the absence of ancillary observations at l < 0.6 mm and improves the redshift estimation. At z = 7–10, accurate zphot can be obtained with the NIRCam broadbands alone when S N 10  , but the zphot quality significantly degrades at SN 5  . Adding MIRI photometry with 1 mag brighter depth than the NIRCam depth allows for a redshift recovery of 83%–99%, depending on spectral energy distribution type, and its effect is particularly noteworthy for galaxies with nebular emission. The vast majority of NIRCam galaxies with [F150W] = 29 AB mag at z = 7–10 will be detected with MIRI at [F560W, F770W] < 28 mag if these sources are at least mildly evolved or have spectra with emission lines boosting the mid-infrared fluxes.



Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 2016, 227 (2), 19

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