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See detailThree photometric methods tested on ground-based data of Q 2237+0305
Burud, I.; Stabell, R.; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1998), 339

The Einstein Cross, Q 2237+0305, has been photometrically observed in four bands on two successive nights at NOT (La Palma, Spain) in October 1995. Three independent algorithms have been used to analyse ... [more ▼]

The Einstein Cross, Q 2237+0305, has been photometrically observed in four bands on two successive nights at NOT (La Palma, Spain) in October 1995. Three independent algorithms have been used to analyse the data: an automatic image decomposition technique, a CLEAN algorithm and the new MCS deconvolution code. The photometric and astrometric results obtained with the three methods are presented. No photometric variations were found in the four quasar images. Comparison of the photometry from the three techniques shows that both systematic and random errors affect each method. When the seeing is worse than 1farcs0 , the errors from the automatic image decomposition technique and the Clean algorithm tend to be large (0.04-0.1 magnitudes) while the deconvolution code still gives accurate results (1sigma error below 0.04) even for frames with seeing as bad as 1farcs7 . Reddening is observed in the quasar images and is found to be compatible with either extinction from the lensing galaxy or colour dependent microlensing. The photometric accuracy depends on the light distribution used to model the lensing galaxy. In particular, using a numerical galaxy model, as done with the MCS algorithm, makes the method less seeing dependent. Another advantage of using a numerical model is that eventual non-homogeneous structures in the galaxy can be modeled. Finally, we propose an observational strategy for a future photometric monitoring of the Einstein Cross. Based on observations obtained at NOT, La Palma. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-Resolution Optical and Near-Infrared Imaging of the Quadruple Quasar RX J0911.4+0551
Burud, I.; Courbin, F.; Lidman, C. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (1998), 501

We report the detection of four images in the recently discovered lensed QSO RX J0911.4+0551. With a maximum angular separation of 3."1, it is the quadruply imaged QSO with the widest known angular ... [more ▼]

We report the detection of four images in the recently discovered lensed QSO RX J0911.4+0551. With a maximum angular separation of 3."1, it is the quadruply imaged QSO with the widest known angular separation. Raw and deconvolved data reveal an elongated lens galaxy. The observed reddening in at least two of the four QSO images suggests differential extinction by this lensing galaxy. We show that both an ellipticity of the galaxy ( epsilon _{{min}}=0.075 ) and an external shear ( gamma _{{min}}=0.15 ) from a nearby mass have to be included in the lensing potential in order to reproduce the complex geometry observed in RX J0911.4+0551. A possible galaxy cluster is detected about 38" from RX J0911.4+0551 and could contribute to the X-ray emission observed by ROSAT in this field. The color of these galaxies indicates a plausible redshift in the range of 0.6-0.8. [less ▲]

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See detailRX J0911.4+0551: a complex quadruply imaged gravitationally lensed QSO.
Burud, I.; Courbin, F.; Lidman, C. et al

in The Messenger (1998), 92

The authors present their first observations of RX J0911.4+0551 at the 2.2-m ESO/MPI IRAC 2b in K-band which made them suspect that the QSO might be quadruple. This was confirmed on the optical data from ... [more ▼]

The authors present their first observations of RX J0911.4+0551 at the 2.2-m ESO/MPI IRAC 2b in K-band which made them suspect that the QSO might be quadruple. This was confirmed on the optical data from the 2.56-m Nordic Optical Telescope, and on the NTT/SOFI data of the object. Careful deconvolution of the data allows to clearly resolve the object into four QSO components and a lensing galaxy. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of the lensing galaxy for the double QSO HE 1104-1805
Remy, M.; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in New Astronomy (1998), 3

High angular resolution ground-based direct imaging (V, R, I_c) of the double QSO HE 1104-1805 has been obtained with the NOT and NTT telescopes. Analysis of these data led to the first detection of the ... [more ▼]

High angular resolution ground-based direct imaging (V, R, I_c) of the double QSO HE 1104-1805 has been obtained with the NOT and NTT telescopes. Analysis of these data led to the first detection of the lensing galaxy. Direct imaging of HE 1104-1805 has subsequently been carried out with the Planetary Camera (WFPC2) through the F555W (nearly Johnson V) and F814W (nearly Kron-Cousins I_c) filters onboard HST. These images confirm the presence of the deflector between the two lensed quasar components (A & B). Direct imaging of this system in the near infrared (IR) at 2.2 mu-m (K'), with IRAC-2b at the Cassegrain focus of the ESO/MPI 2.2 m telescope, indicates that the additional component is indeed a very red extended object with magnitude K ~= 16.5. We present deconvolutions of the HST and IR images using the 2-channel PLUCY method. From the HST observations, we also report very accurate relative positions and brightnesses of the QSO components. By comparison between the ground-based and the HST observations, from February-March 1994 to November 1995, we possibly detect the fading of component A by ~ 0.3 magnitudes in the optical and a corresponding fading of B by about half this value. The observed monotonic decrease of the magnitude difference between B and A as a function of wavelength is consistent with a partial amplification of the A component by microlensing. Evolutionary models for galaxies show that, in order to produce the observed colour indices V - I_c > 2 and 4 < I_c - K < 4.5, the galaxy is likely to be of elliptical type with a redshift 0.95 < z < 1.4. This range is consistent with the redshift z=1.32 measured from the absorption lines of metallic species in the spectra of the quasar components. However, other values for the redshift of the lens inside this range cannot be excluded. This galaxy would presently be among the most distant known gravitational lenses. Several theoretical models are found to fit the observations. The simplest one is a singular isothermal sphere (SIS) lens immersed in an external shear with gamma=0.123. The derived mass-to-light ratio (11 h_50 M_Sun/L_Sun) for the galaxy is large but does not imply an excess of dark matter with respect to other well known lensing galaxies. [less ▲]

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See detailESO & NOT photometric monitoring of the Cloverleaf quasar
Ostensen, R.; Remy, M.; Lindblad, P. O. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1997), 126

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been ... [more ▼]

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been successfully analysed using two independent methods (i.e. an automatic image decomposition technique and an interactive CLEAN algorithm). The photometric results from the two methods are found to be very similar, and they show that the four lensed QSO images vary significantly in brightness (by up to 0.45 mag), nearly in parallel. The lightcurve of the $D$ component presents some slight departures from the general trend which are very likely caused by micro-lensing effects. Upper limits, at the 99% confidence level, of 150 days on the absolute value for the time delays between the photometric lightcurves of this quadruply imaged variable QSO, are derived. This is unfortunately too large to constrain the lens model but there is little doubt that a better sampling of the lightcurves should allow to accurately derive these time delays. Pending a direct detection of the lensing galaxy (position and redshift), this system thus constitutes another good candidate for a direct and independent determination of the Hubble parameter. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) and with the Nordic Optical Telescope (La Palma, Spain). Table 1. Logbook for the ESO and NOT observations together with photometric results for the Cloverleaf quasar. This long table can be accessed on the WWW at the URL address: http://vela.astro.ulg.ac.be/grav_lens/glp_homepage.html} [less ▲]

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See detailHST confirmation of the lensed quasar J03.13.
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Remy, M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1997), 327

In order to definitely prove the claim by Claeskens et al. (1996A&A...305L...9C) that J03.13 is a doubly imaged quasar, WFPC2 direct imaging and FOS spectroscopy of this compact system have been obtained ... [more ▼]

In order to definitely prove the claim by Claeskens et al. (1996A&A...305L...9C) that J03.13 is a doubly imaged quasar, WFPC2 direct imaging and FOS spectroscopy of this compact system have been obtained with HST. These textbook case observations clearly show that J03.13 consists of two point-like images separated by 0.849"+/-0.001" with a magnitude difference of 2.14+/-0.03 in V and I. We see no trace of a lensing galaxy. From the FOS observations, we find that J03.13 A and B have identical spectra within the measurement uncertainties. The data also show that spectroscopic contamination of B by A is negligible. We do confirm the redshift z=2.545 for J03.13 A and B (emission-lines due to Ly-beta lambda1025 and O VI lambdalambda1031, 1037 are also detected), first derived from an unresolved ground-based spectrum of the two components by Claeskens et al. We also find that the absorption line system at z=2.344 (CIV and Ly-alpha) is present in the spectra of A and B. On the contrary, the absorption line system at z=1.085 (MgII) is only present in the spectrum of J03.13 A. If this latter system is associated with the lens, we may expect that image A consists of two radially merging images with a very small angular separation. From the WFPC2 imagery, we can rule out the presence of a third component fainter than A by up to 5.2mag. with an angular separation >=0.13". [less ▲]

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See detailFormation of Giant Luminous Arcs and Arclets Using an Optical Gravitational Lens Experiment
Surdej, Jean ULg; Refsdal, S.; Pospieszalska-Surdej, Anna ULg

in Kochanek, C. S.; Hewitt, Jacqueline N (Eds.) Astrophysical applications of gravitational lensing, Proceedings of the 173rd Symposium of the International Astronomical Union (1996)

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See detailGravitational lenses
Refsdal, S.; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Reports on Progress in Physics (1994), 57

According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, a gravitational field bends electromagnetic waves in much the same way as low atmospheric air layers curve the trajectory of a propagating light ray ... [more ▼]

According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, a gravitational field bends electromagnetic waves in much the same way as low atmospheric air layers curve the trajectory of a propagating light ray. Large mass concentrations in the universe can thereby act as a type of lens, a gravitational lens. After briefly reviewing the history of gravitational lensing since the early thoughts of Newton in 1704 until the serendipitous discovery of the first gravitational lens system in 1979, the authors recall the basic principles of atmospheric and gravitational lensing. They then describe a simple optical gravitational lens experiment which has the merit of accounting for all types of image configuration observed among currently known gravitational lens systems. Various types of gravitational lens models are described in detail as well as the resulting image properties of a distant source. An updated list as well as colour illustrations of the best known examples of multiply imaged quasars, radio rings and giant luminous arcs and arclets are presented. Some of these observations are discussed in detail. Finally, the authors show how it is possible to use gravitational lensing as a cosmological and astrophysical tool, the most interesting applications being the determination of the Hubble parameter H[SUB]0[/SUB], the mass of very distant lensing galaxies as well as the distribution of luminous and dark matter in the universe. They also show how to determine the size and structure of distant quasars from observations of micro-lensing effects. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational Lensing as a Tool: Future Observational Prospects
Surdej, Jean ULg; Refsdal, S.

in Wamsteker, W.; Longair, Malcol S.; Kondo, Y. (Eds.) Frontiers of Space and Ground-Based Astronomy (1994)

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See detailTwo new very close pairs of quasars with discordant redshifts and a gravitational lens candidate.
Surdej, Jean ULg; Remy, M.; Smette, A. et al

in Surdej, Jean; Fraipont-Caro, D.; Gosset, Eric (Eds.) et al Gravitational Lenses in the Universe (1993)

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See detailThe optical gravitational lens experiment
Surdej, Jean ULg; Refsdal, S.; Pospieszalska-Surdej, Anna ULg

in Surdej, Jean; Fraipont-Caro, D.; Gosset, E. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 31st Liege International Astrophysical Colloquium (LIAC 93) (1993)

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See detail'Gravitational lenses in the Universe', The proceedings of the 31st Liège International Astrophysical Colloquium
Surdej, Jean ULg; Fraipont-Caro, D.; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Book published by Université de Liège (1993)

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See detailFirst invited discourse during the XXIst General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union "Gravitational lensing"
Refsdal, S.; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Bergeron (Ed.) Highlights of Astronomy, Vol. 9, p.3 (1992)

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See detailProfiles of a Key Programme: Gravitational Lensing
Surdej, Jean ULg; Arnaud, J.; Borgeest, U. et al

in The Messenger (1989), 55

Prior to Professor van der Laan's enquiry, in the March 1988 issue of the Messenger, on the general interest among astronomers from the European community to possibly participate in Key Programmes (KPs ... [more ▼]

Prior to Professor van der Laan's enquiry, in the March 1988 issue of the Messenger, on the general interest among astronomers from the European community to possibly participate in Key Programmes (KPs) at the European 80uthern Observatory, at least three distinct groups (including more than half of the above authors) were already involved in the study of "gravitational lensing" effects (see box on pages 10-11). Observations were being performed with the help of various telescopes on La 8illa as weil as at other observatories (VLA, CFHT, Palomar, Kitt Peak, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary results from a search for gravitational lensing within a sample of highly luminous quasars
Surdej, Jean ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Swings, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Balkowski, C.; Gordon, S. (Eds.) Proceedings to the First D.A.E.C. workshop on "Large Scale Structures" (1988)

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See detailSearch for Gravitational Lensing from a Survey of Highly Luminous Quasars
Surdej, Jean ULg; Swings, J.-P.; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Osmer, Patrick; Phillips, M. M. (Eds.) ASP Conference Series, Volume 2, Proceedings of a Workshop on Optical Surveys for Quasars (1988)

The authors have shown that their search for gravitational lensing from a survey of optically selected highly luminous quasars (HLQ) appears very promising. Observational features (multiple images, image ... [more ▼]

The authors have shown that their search for gravitational lensing from a survey of optically selected highly luminous quasars (HLQ) appears very promising. Observational features (multiple images, image elongation, jet-like feature, fuzz, etc.) possibly associated with the HLQ phenomenon have been detected for more than 20% of the objects under study. While it is not yet known how many of the HLQs are gravitational mirages, at least 5 (out of 111) of the investigated quasars appear to be highly luminous because of amplification of their brightness by gravitational lensing. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of the new gravitational lens system UM 673 = Q 0142-100
Surdej, Jean ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Swings, J.-P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1988), 198

The authors have recently initiated a high resolution direct imaging survey of a selected sample of highly luminous quasars (HLQs). The observations are carried out with the 2.2 m telescope at ESO, and ... [more ▼]

The authors have recently initiated a high resolution direct imaging survey of a selected sample of highly luminous quasars (HLQs). The observations are carried out with the 2.2 m telescope at ESO, and with the VLA at the NRAO, New Mexico. Following the first observing run at ESO, the authors have reported the discovery of a new gravitational lens system for the HLQ UM 673 = Q 0142-100. Additional observations supporting this interpretation are discussed here. Application of gravitational optometry to this system is given: a value of M[SUB]0[/SUB] = 2.4×10[SUP]11[/SUP]M_sun; is derived for the mass of the lensing galaxy located between UM 673 A and B and a most likely estimate of Deltat = 7 weeks is found for the expected delay between the arrival times of a similar variability event in the two lensed images of the quasar (H[SUB]0[/SUB] = 75 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]Mpc[SUP]-1[/SUP], q[SUB]0[/SUB] = 0). [less ▲]

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See detailA new case of gravitational lensing
Surdej, Jean ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Swings, J.-P. et al

in Nature (1987), 329

The authors have begun a systematic search from ESO for gravitational lens systems in a selected sample of highly luminous quasars; M[SUB]V[/SUB] < -29.0. They give a brief description of their first ... [more ▼]

The authors have begun a systematic search from ESO for gravitational lens systems in a selected sample of highly luminous quasars; M[SUB]V[/SUB] < -29.0. They give a brief description of their first identified gravitational lens system UM673 = Q0142-100 = PHL3703. It consists of two images, A (m[SUB]R[/SUB] = 16.9) and B (m[SUB]R[/SUB] = 19.1), separated by 2.2 arc s at a redshift z[SUB]q[/SUB] = 2.719. The lensing galaxy (m[SUB]R[/SUB] â 19, Z[SUB]L[/SUB] â 0.49) has also been found. It lies very near the line connecting the two QSO images, â ¡0.8 arc s from the fainter one. A value M[SUB]0[/SUB] â 2.4×10[SUP]11[/SUP]M_sun; for the mass of the lensing galaxy and Deltat â 7 weeks for most likely travel-time difference between the two light paths to the QSO are found (assuming H[SUB]0[/SUB] = 75 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]Mpc[SUP]-1[/SUP], q[SUB]0[/SUB] = 0). [less ▲]

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