Volume 395, Number 1, November III 2002
|Page(s)||17 - 23|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||29 October 2002|
HE 0435-1223: A wide separation quadruple QSO and gravitational lens*
Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
2 Dept. of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
3 Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
4 Hamburger Sternwarte, Universität Hamburg, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
Corresponding author: L. Wisotzki, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 19 August 2002
We report the discovery of a new gravitationally lensed QSO, at a redshift , with four QSO components in a cross-shaped arrangement around a bright galaxy. The maximum separation between images is , enabling a reliable decomposition of the system. Three of the QSO components have , while component A is about 0.6 mag brighter. The four components have nearly identical colours, suggesting little if any dust extinction in the foreground galaxy. The lensing galaxy is prominent in the i band, weaker in r and not detected in g. Its spatial profile is that of an elliptical galaxy with a scale length of ~12 kpc. Combining the measured colours and a mass model for the lens, we estimate a most likely redshift range of . Predicted time delays between the components are 10 days. The QSO shows evidence for variability, with total g band magnitudes of 17.89 and 17.71 for two epochs separated by ~2 months. However, the relative fluxes of the components did not change, indicating that the variations are intrinsic to the QSO rather than induced by microlensing.
Key words: quasars: individual: HE 0435-1223 / quasars: general / gravitational lensing
© ESO, 2002
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.