Multi-wavelength study of the gravitational lens system RXS J1131-1231*
III. Long slit spectroscopy: micro-lensing probes the QSO structure
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Observatoire, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland e-mail: email@example.com
2 Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 17, B5C, 4000 Sart Tilman, Belgium
Accepted: 26 February 2007
Aims.We discuss and characterize micro-lensing among the 3 brightest lensed images (A-B-C) of the gravitational lens system RXS J1131-1231 (a quadruply imaged AGN) by means of long slit optical and NIR spectroscopy. Qualitative constraints on the size of different emission regions are derived. We also perform a spectroscopic study of two field galaxies located within 1.6 arcmin radius from the lens.
Methods. We decompose the spectra into their individual emission components using a multi-component fitting approach. A complementary decomposition of the spectra enables us to isolate the macro-lensed fraction of the spectra independently of any spectral modelling.
Results.1. The data support micro-lensing de-amplification of images A and C. Not only is the continuum emission microlensed in those images but also a fraction of the Broad Line emitting Region (BLR). 2. Micro-lensing of a very broad component of Mg ii emission line suggests that the corresponding emission occurs in a region more compact than the other components of the emission line. 3. We find evidence that a large fraction of the Fe ii emission arises in the outer parts of the BLR. We also find a very compact emitting region in the ranges 3080–3540 Å and 4630–4800 Å that is likely associated with Fe ii. 4. The [O iii] narrow emission line regions are partly spatially resolved. This enables us to put a lower limit of ~ pc on their intrinsic size. 5. Analysis of Mg ii absorption found in the spectra indicates that the absorbing medium is intrinsic to the quasar, has a covering factor of 20%, and is constituted of small clouds homogeneously distributed in front of the continuum and BLRs. 6. Two neighbour galaxies are detected at redshifts and . These galaxies are possible members of galaxy groups reported at those redshifts.
Key words: gravitational lensing / galaxies: Seyfert
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