Vol 13, No 7 (2013) / Hoai

Gravitationally lensed extended sources: the case of QSO RXJ0911

Do Thi Hoai, Pham Tuyet Nhung, Pham Tuan Anh, Frederic Boone, Pierre Darriulat, Pham Ngoc Diep, Pham Ngoc Dong, Nguyen Van Hiep, Nguyen Thi Thao

Abstract

After a brief reminder of the mechanism of gravitational lensing of extended sources, the particular case of the host galaxy of QSO RXJ0911, a high redshift (z ~ 2.8) quadruply imaged quasar, is explored. The non linearity of the problem, together with the proximity of the source to a cusp of the lens inner caustic, has important consequences on the dependence of the image appearance on the size and shape of the source. Their expected main features and their interpretation in terms of source extension and shape are investigated in a spirit of simplicity and in preparation for the analysis of high sensitivity and spatial resolution images that will soon be within reach with the completion of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). In particular, the information on source size carried by relative image brightness is discussed. Extension of the results to other types of quadruply imaged quasars is briefly considered.

Keywords


gravitational lensing — galaxies: high-redshift

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