The Anatomy of a Quadruply Imaged Gravitational Lens System

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The key to using a strong gravitational lens system to measure the Hubble constant is to obtain an accurate model of the lens potential. In this paper, we investigate the properties of gravitational lens B1608+656, a quadruply-imaged lens system with an extended source intensity distribution. Our analysis is valid for generic quadruply-lensed systems. Limit curves and isophotal separatrices are defined for such systems, and we show that the isophotal separatrices must intersect at the critical curves and the satellite isophotes must be tangent to the limit curves. The current model of B1608+656 (Koopmans et al. 2003) satisfies these criteria for ... continued below

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Suyu, Sherry H. & Blandford, R. D. June 29, 2005.

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The key to using a strong gravitational lens system to measure the Hubble constant is to obtain an accurate model of the lens potential. In this paper, we investigate the properties of gravitational lens B1608+656, a quadruply-imaged lens system with an extended source intensity distribution. Our analysis is valid for generic quadruply-lensed systems. Limit curves and isophotal separatrices are defined for such systems, and we show that the isophotal separatrices must intersect at the critical curves and the satellite isophotes must be tangent to the limit curves. The current model of B1608+656 (Koopmans et al. 2003) satisfies these criteria for some, but not all, of the isophotal separatrices within the observational uncertainty.We study a non-parametric method of potential reconstruction proposed by Blandford, Surpi & Kundic (2001) and demonstrate that although the method works in principle and elucidates image formation, the initial potential only converges to the true model when it is within {approx} 1 percent of the true model.

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  • Journal Name: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society; Journal Volume: 366

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-11293
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 881151
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Suyu, Sherry H. & Blandford, R. D. The Anatomy of a Quadruply Imaged Gravitational Lens System, article, June 29, 2005; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc873740/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.