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RCSED - A Value-Added Reference Catalog of Spectral Energy Distributions of 800,299 Galaxies in 11 Ultraviolet, Optical, and Near-Infrared Bands: Morphologies, Colors, Ionized Gas and Stellar Populations Properties

Chilingarian, Igor; Zolotukhin, Ivan; Katkov, Ivan; Melchior, Anne-Laure; Rubtsov, Evgeniy; Grishin, Kirill

Chernyshov, Maxim; Kilchik, Anton; Sergeev, Alexey; Tihanovich, Roman; Timirgazin, Askar

We present RCSED, the value-added Reference Catalog of Spectral Energy Distributions of galaxies, which contains homogenized spectrophotometric data for 800,299 low and intermediate redshift galaxies (0.007 < z < 0.6) selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopic sample. Accessible from the Virtual Observatory (VO) and complemented with detailed information on galaxy properties obtained with the state-of-the-art data analysis, RCSED enables direct studies of galaxy formation and evolution during the last 5 Gyr. We provide tabulated color transformations for galaxies of different morphologies and luminosities and analytic expressions for the red sequence shape in different colors. RCSED comprises integrated k-corrected photometry in up-to 11 ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared bands published by the GALEX, SDSS, and UKIDSS wide-field imaging surveys; results of the stellar population fitting of SDSS spectra including best-fitting templates, velocity dispersions, parameterized star formation histories, and stellar metallicities computed for instantaneous starburst and exponentially declining star formation models; parametric and non-parametric emission line fluxes and profiles; and gas phase metallicities. We link RCSED to the Galaxy Zoo morphological classification and galaxy bulge+disk decomposition results by Simard et al. We construct the color-magnitude, Faber-Jackson, mass-metallicity relations, compare them with the literature and discuss systematic errors of galaxy properties presented in our catalog. RCSED is accessible from the project web-site and via VO simple spectrum access and table access services using VO compliant applications. We describe several SQL query examples against the database. Finally, we briefly discuss existing and future scientific applications of RCSED and prospectives for the catalog extension to higher redshifts and different wavelengths.

To appear in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement. See the catalog website at
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