The Large Early Galaxy Astrophysics Census (LEGA-C) Data Release 2:Dynamical and Stellar Population Properties of z lesssim 1 Galaxies in the COSMOS Field

Straatman, Caroline M. S. and Wel, Arjen van der and Bezanson, Rachel and Pacifici, Camilla and Gallazzi, Anna and Wu, Po-Feng and Noeske, Kai and Barisic, Ivana and Bell, Eric F. and Brammer, Gabriel B. and Calhau, Joao and Chauke, Priscilla and Franx, Marijn and Houdt, Josha van and Labbe, Ivo and Maseda, Michael V. and Munoz-Mateos, Juan C. and Muzzin, Adam and Sande, Jesse van de and Sobral, David and Spilker, Justin S. (2018) The Large Early Galaxy Astrophysics Census (LEGA-C) Data Release 2:Dynamical and Stellar Population Properties of z lesssim 1 Galaxies in the COSMOS Field. The Astrophysical Journal, 239 (2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0004-637X

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We present the second data release of the Large Early Galaxy Astrophysics Census (LEGA-C), an ESO 130-night public spectroscopic survey conducted with VIMOS on the Very Large Telescope. We release 1988 spectra with typical continuum S / N ~= 20 /Angstrom of galaxies at 0.6 ~< z ~< 1.0, each observed for ~20 hours and fully reduced with a custom-built pipeline. We also release a catalog with spectroscopic redshifts, emission line fluxes, Lick/IDS indices, and observed stellar and gas velocity dispersions that are spatially integrated quantities including both rotational motions and genuine dispersion. To illustrate the new parameter space in the intermediate redshift regime probed by LEGA-C we explore relationships between dynamical and stellar population properties. The star-forming galaxies typically have observed stellar velocity dispersions of ~150 km/s and strong Hdelta absorption (Hd_A ~ 5 Angstrom), while passive galaxies have higher observed stellar velocity dispersions ~200 km/s and weak Hdelta absortion (Hd_A ~ 0 Angstrom). Strong [O III]5007 / Hbeta ratios tend to occur mostly for galaxies with weak Hd_A or galaxies with higher observed velocity dispersion. Beyond these broad trends, we find a large diversity of possible combinations of rest-frame colors, absorption line strengths and emission line detections, illustrating the utility of spectroscopic measurements to more accurately understand galaxy evolution. By making the spectra and value-added catalogs publicly available we encourage the community to take advantage of this very substantial investment in telescope time provided by ESO.

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This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at doi: 10.3847/1538-4365/aae37a LEGA-C data-release
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