The Double Quasar HE 1104–1805: A case study for time delay determination with poorly sampled lightcurves
Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany e-mail: lutz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: R. Gil-Merino, email@example.com
Accepted: 25 October 2001
We present a new determination of the time delay of the gravitational lens system HE 1104–1805 (“Double Hamburger”) based on a previously unpublished dataset. We argue that the previously published value of years was affected by a bias of the employed method. We determine a new value of years (2σ confidence level), using six different techniques based on non interpolation methods in the time domain. The result demonstrates that even in the case of poorly sampled lightcurves, useful information can be obtained with regard to the time delay. The error estimates were calculated through Monte Carlo simulations. With two already existing models for the lens and using its recently determined redshift, we infer a range of values of the Hubble parameter: (2σ) for a singular isothermal ellipsoid (SIE) and (2σ) for a constant mass-to-light ratio plus shear model (). The possibly much larger errors due to systematic uncertainties in modeling the lens potential are not included in this error estimate.
Key words: gravitational lensing / time delays / quasars: HE 1104–1805 / general: data analysis
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