Volume 386, Number 1, April IV 2002
|Page(s)||69 - 76|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 April 2002|
The lensing system towards the doubly imaged quasar SBS 1520+530*
European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Vitacura, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
2 Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, UMR 5572, 14 avenue Édouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
3 Universitad Católica de Chile, Departamento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Chile
4 Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophyique de Liège, avenue de Cointe 5, 4000 Liège, Belgium
5 Istituto di Fisica Cosmica “G. Occhialini”, Milano, Italy
6 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Corresponding author: C. Faure, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 January 2002
The gravitational potential responsible for the lensing effect in SBS 1520+530 is studied over length scales from a few arc-seconds to a few arc-minutes. For this purpose, we use sharply deconvolved Hubble Space Telescope images in the optical and near-IR, in combination with ground based optical data obtained over a wider field-of-view. In particular, we have carried out a multi-color analysis in order to identify groups or clusters of galaxies along the line of sight. Photometric redshifts are measured for 139 galaxies unveiling significant excesses of galaxies 1.0´ NW and 1.7´ SW of the main lensing galaxy. The photometric redshift inferred both for the main lensing galaxy and for the galaxy concentrations is . This is in rough agreement with the measured spectroscopic redshift of the main lensing galaxy, (Burud et al. [CITE]), suggesting that it is part of a larger group or cluster. We investigate the impact of including the galaxy cluster, first on the modelling of the lensing system, and second on the expected time–delay between the two quasar images.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: general / gravitational lensing / quasar: general / quasars: individual: SBS 1520+530
© ESO, 2002
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