Effects of the core radius of an isothermal ellipsoidal gravitational lens on the caustics and the critical curves
GReCO, Institute for Astrophysics at Paris, 98bis boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Faculty of Science and Technology, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki 036-8561, Japan
Accepted: 28 July 2004
We study the effect of the core radius of an isothermal ellipsoidal gravitational lens on the caustics and the critical curves. We derive an analytic expression of the caustics for an isothermal ellipsoidal gravitational lens via a sixth-order algebraic equation. Since the expression is too long, by using another method we obtain a parametric representation of the critical curves in order to show analytically that there exist three cases: there are two curves for a small core radius, one for a quite large one, and no curves appear for an extremely large one, though the latter two cases are not realistic. The caustics are represented also by the same parameter.
Key words: gravitational lensing / galaxies: general / cosmology: theory
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