The advanced camera for surveys general catalog: Structural parameters for approximately half a million galaxies

Roger L. Griffith, Michael C. Cooper, Jeffrey A. Newman, Leonidas A. Moustakas, Daniel Stern, Julia M. Comerford, Marc Davis, Jennifer M. Lotz, Marco Barden, Christopher J. Conselice, Peter L. Capak, S. M. Faber, J. Davy Kirkpatrick, Anton M. Koekemoer, David C. Koo, Kai G. Noeske, Nick Scoville, Kartik Sheth, Patrick Shopbell, Christopher N.A. WillmerBenjamin Weiner

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We present the Advanced Camera for Surveys General Catalog (ACS-GC), a photometric and morphological database using publicly available data obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. The goal of the ACS-GC database is to provide a large statistical sample of galaxies with reliable structural and distance measurements to probe the evolution of galaxies over a wide range of look-back times. The ACS-GC includes approximately 470,000 astronomical sources (stars + galaxies) derived from the AEGIS, COSMOS, GEMS, and GOODS surveys. GALAPAGOS was used to construct photometric (SEXTRACTOR) and morphological (GALFIT) catalogs. The analysis assumes a single Sérsic model for each object to derive quantitative structural parameters. We include publicly available redshifts from the DEEP2, COMBO-17, TKRS, PEARS, ACES, CFHTLS, and zCOSMOS surveys to supply redshifts (spectroscopic and photometric) for a considerable fraction (74%) of the imaging sample. The ACS-GC includes color postage stamps, GALFIT residual images, and photometry, structural parameters, and redshifts combined into a single catalog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2012


  • catalogs
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: photometry
  • galaxies: structure
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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  • The ACS-GC catalog

    Griffith, R. L. (Creator), Cooper, M. C. (Creator), Newman, J. A. (Creator), Moustakas, L. A. (Creator), Stern, D. (Creator), Comerford, J. M. (Creator), Davis, M. (Creator), Lotz, J. M. (Creator), Barden, M. (Creator), Conselice, C. J. (Creator), Capak, P. L. (Creator), Faber, S. M. (Creator), Kirkpatrick, J. D. (Creator), Koekemoer, A. M. (Creator), Koo, D. C. (Creator), Noeske, K. G. (Creator), Scoville, N. (Creator), Sheth, K. (Creator), Shopbell, P. (Creator), Willmer, C. N. (Contributor) & Weiner, B. J. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2015


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