Models of the strongly lensed quasar DES J0408−5354

Agnello, A, Lin, H, Buckley-Geer, L, Treu, T, Bonvin, V, Courbin, F, Lemon, C, Morishita, T, Romer, A K and others, (2017) Models of the strongly lensed quasar DES J0408−5354. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 472 (4). pp. 4038-4050. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present detailed modelling of the recently discovered, quadruply lensed quasar J0408−5354, with the aim of interpreting its remarkable configuration: besides three quasar images (A,B,D) around the main deflector (G1), a fourth image (C) is significantly reddened and dimmed by a perturber (G2) which is not detected in the Dark Energy Survey imaging data. From lens models incorporating (dust-corrected) flux ratios, we find a perturber Einstein radius 0.04 arcsec ≲ RE, G2 ≲ 0.2 arcsec and enclosed mass Mp(RE, G2) ≲ 1.0 × 1010 M⊙. The main deflector has stellar mass log10(M⋆/M⊙)=11.49+0.46−0.32, a projected mass Mp(RE, G1) ≈ 6 × 1011M within its Einstein radius RE, G1 = (1.85 ± 0.15) arcsec and predicted velocity dispersion 267–280 km s−1. Follow-up images from a companion monitoring campaign show additional components, including a candidate second source at a redshift between the quasar and G1. Models with free perturbers, and dust-corrected and delay-corrected flux ratios, are also explored. The predicted time-delays (ΔtAB = (135.0 ± 12.6) d, ΔtBD = (21.0 ± 3.5) d) roughly agree with those measured, but better imaging is required for proper modelling and comparison. We also discuss some lessons learnt from J0408−5354  on lensed quasar finding strategies, due to its chromaticity and morphology.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Billy Wichaidit
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 09:14
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 09:14

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