Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Survey (CANDELS)
is a multi-wavelength deep sky survey anchored in a Multi-cycle Treasury program with the Hubble Space
Telescope (HST; PI S. Faber & H. Ferguson). CANDELS took Near-IR images with the Wide Field Camera 3
(WFC3) in five fields that were already well studied at many different wavelengths: COSMOS, EGS, GOODS-N,
GOODS-S, and the UDS. The CANDELS team and the community have compiled extensive ancillary observations,
both imaging and spectroscopy, in these fields. Physical parameters such as redshifts, stellar masses,
star formation rates, etc., have been estimated from the Spectral Energy Distributions (SED).
As part of the CANDELS program, the theory team created custom "mock CANDELS" catalogs. These were created
by extracting the dark matter halos from a large cosmological simulation along the past lightcone
corresponding to a field with the same geometry and sky location as one of the real CANDELS fields. These
halos are then populated with galaxy properties using two different techniques: an empirical technique
known as Sub-Halo Abundance Matching (using the UniverseMachine built by P. Behroozi & collaborators), and
Semi-analytic Models of galaxy formation.
In order to facilitate comparison between theoretical models and the CANDELS observations, we have created
a set of curated "theory friendly" catalogs for the CANDELS observed quantities and physical properties
derived from the observations.
This site is a portal to explore and compare the "theory friendly" CANDELS observational catalogs and
three of the sets of CANDELS mock catalogs: SC-SAM (created by R. Somerville & collaborators), Lu-SAM (Y.
Lu & collaborators), and UniverseMachine (P. Behroozi & collaborators). For each of these models, mock catalogs have been created representing the sky locations of each of the five CANDELS fields. There are eight realizations of each CANDELS field sky region.
For more information about the CANDELS survey, the "theory friendly" catalogs, and the theoretical mock
catalogs, please see the following references: