A new finite-field mass reconstruction algorithm
Universitätssternwarte München, Scheinerstr. 1, 81679 München, Germany
2 Institut für Astropysik und Extraterrestische Forschung, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Corresponding author: S. Seitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 30 March 2001
A new method for the reconstruction of the projected mass distribution of clusters of galaxies from the image distortion of background galaxies is discussed. This method is essentially equivalent to the one we developed previously, i.e., the noise-filtering method, but has several practical advantages: (1) it is much easier to implement; (2) it can be easily applied to wide-field images, since the constraints on the number of gridpoints are much weaker than for the previous method, and (3) it can be easily generalized to more complicated field geometries, such as that of the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) onboard HST. We have tested the performance of our new inversion method (for which a FORTRAN-77 implementation is available from the authors) using simulated data, demonstrating that it fares very favourably.
Key words: cosmology: theory / methods: numerical
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