Pseudo elliptical lensing mass model: Application to the NFW mass distribution
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 14 av. E.-Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
Corresponding author: G. Golse, email@example.com
Accepted: 18 April 2002
We introduce analytical expressions for a pseudo fully analytical elliptical projected Navarro, Frenk & White (NFW) mass profile to be used in lensing equations. We propose a formalism that incorporates the ellipticity into the expression for the lens potential, producing a pseudo-elliptical mass distribution. This approach can be implemented to any circular mass profile for which the projected mass profile and the deflection angle profile both have analytical expressions; however the potential does not necessarily need to take an analytical form. We apply this new formalism to the NFW mass distribution and study how well this pseudo-elliptical NFW model describes an elliptical mass distribution. We conclude that the pseudo-elliptical NFW model is a good description of elliptical mass distributions provided that the ellipticity of the projected mass distribution is 0.4, although with a slightly boxy distribution.
Key words: cosmology: miscellaneous / gravitational lensing / dark matter / galaxies: clusters: general / galaxies: halos
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