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The VANDELS ESO public spectroscopic survey. Final data release of 2087 spectra and spectroscopic measurements

B. Garilli, R. J. McLure, L. Pentericci, P. Franzetti, A. Gargiulo, A. C. Carnall, O. Cucciati, A. Iovino, R. Amorin, M. Bolzonella, A. Bongiorno, M. Castellano, A. Cimatti, M. Cirasuolo, F. Cullen, J. S. Dunlop, D. Elbaz, S. L. Finkelstein, A. Fontana, F. Fontanot, M. Fumana, L. Guaita, W. G. Hartley, M. Jarvis, S. Juneau, D. Maccagni, D. J. McLeod, K. Nandra, E. Pompei, L. Pozzetti, M. Scodeggio, M. Talia, A. Calabrò, G. Cresci, J. P. U. Fynbo, N. P. Hathi, P. Hibon, A. M. Koekemoer, M. Magliocchetti, M. Salvato, G. Vietri, G. Zamorani, O. Almaini, I. Balestra, S. Bardelli, R. Begley, G. Brammer, E. F. Bell, R. A. A. Bowler, M. Brusa, F. Buitrago, C. Caputi, P. Cassata, S. Charlot, A. Citro, S. Cristiani, E. Curtis-Lake, M. E. Dickinson, G. G. Fazio, H. C. Ferguson, F. Fiore, M. Franco, A. Georgakakis, M. Giavalisco, A. Grazian, M. Hamadouche, I. Jung, S.-L. Kim, Y. Khusanova, O. Le Fèvre, M. Longhetti, J. Lotz, F. Mannucci, D. T. Maltby, K. Matsuoka, H. Mendez-Hernandez, J. Mendez-Abreu, M. Mignoli, M. Moresco, M. Nonino, M. Pannella, C. Papovich, P. Popesso, G. Roberts-Borsani, D. J. Rosario, A. Saldana-Lopez, P. Santini, A. Saxena, D. Schaerer, C. Schreiber, D. P. Stark, L. A. M. Tasca, R. Thomas, E. Vanzella, V. Wild, C. C. Williams, E. Zucca

VANDELS is an ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey designed to build a sample of high-signal-to-noise ratio, medium-resolution spectra of galaxies at redshifts between 1 and 6.5. Here we present the final Public Data Release of the VANDELS Survey, comprising 2087 redshift measurements. We provide a detailed description of sample selection, observations, and data reduction procedures. The final catalogue reaches a target selection completeness of 40% at iAB = 25. The high signal-to-noise ratio of the spectra (above 7 in 80% of the spectra) and the dispersion of 2.5 Å allowed us to measure redshifts with high precision, the redshift measurement success rate reaching almost 100%. Together with the redshift catalogue and the reduced spectra, we also provide optical mid-infrared photometry and physical parameters derived through fitting the spectral energy distribution. The observed galaxy sample comprises both passive and star forming galaxies covering a stellar mass range of 8.3 < Log(M*/M) < 11.7.

galaxies: distances and redshifts; galaxies: statistics; galaxies: fundamental parameters; cosmology: observations; surveys; catalogs; Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies; Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics

1. This paper, which presents the final data release of the final high-redshift VIMOS survey, is dedicated to the memory of Olivier Le Fèvre, PI of the VIMOS instrument, world renowned expert of extragalactic spectroscopy and a pioneer in spectroscopy of the distant Universe.
2. All catalogues and spectra are accessible through the survey database ( where all information can be queried interactively, and via the ESO Archive (

Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volume 647, Article Number A150, Number of pages 15
2021 March

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia