Dark Energy Survey Year 1 results: Curved-sky weak lensing mass map

DES Collaboration

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We construct the largest curved-sky galaxy weak lensing mass map to date from the DES firstyear (DES Y1) data. The map, about 10 times larger than the previous work, is constructed over a contiguous ≈1500 deg2, covering a comoving volume of ≈10 Gpc3. The effects of masking, sampling, and noise are tested using simulations. We generate weak lensing maps from two DES Y1 shear catalogues, METACALIBRATION and IM3SHAPE, with sources at redshift 0.2 < z < 1.3, and in each of four bins in this range. In the highest signal-to-noise map, the ratio between the mean signal to noise in the E-mode map and the B-mode map is ~1.5 (~2) when smoothed with a Gaussian filter of sG = 30 (80) arcmin. The second and third moments of the convergence κ in the maps are in agreement with simulations. We also find no significant correlation of κ with maps of potential systematic contaminants. Finally, we demonstrate two applications of the mass maps: (1) cross-correlation with different foreground tracers of mass and (2) exploration of the largest peaks and voids in the maps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3165-3190
Number of pages26
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • Dark matter
  • Gravitational lensing: weak
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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