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See detailGravitational lensing by damped Ly-alpha absorbers
Smette, Alain; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in New Astronomy (1997), 2

Assuming that (i) damped Ly-alpha absorbers (DLAs) arise in present-day-like spiral galaxies which are immersed in isothermal dark matter halos, (ii) that these galaxies obey the Tully-Fisher sigma/sigma ... [more ▼]

Assuming that (i) damped Ly-alpha absorbers (DLAs) arise in present-day-like spiral galaxies which are immersed in isothermal dark matter halos, (ii) that these galaxies obey the Tully-Fisher sigma/sigma_* = (L/L_*)^1/alpha_TF and the Holmberg R_L/R_* = (L/L_*)^alpha_H relations, and (iii) that they follow the Schechter luminosity distribution, we describe how their observed number density (dN/dz), distribution of column density (f(N)) as well as inferred cosmological density of HI (Omega_HI) derived from DLA surveys are affected by gravitational lensing (GL). The `by-pass' effect causes the lines-of-sight (LOSs) towards background QSOs to avoid the central parts of galaxies and reduces their effective cross-section for absorption; the `amplification bias' leads observers to select QSOs whose LOSs preferentially cross galaxies close to their Einstein radius. As a consequence, the determination of the quantities dN/dz, f(N) and Omega_HI from DLA surveys does not only depend on the redshift z and luminosity L of galaxies responsible for the absorbers but also on the column density profile of HI within the galaxies and on the redshift z_q and magnitude b_q of the background QSOs. For most of the existing surveys using b_q <~ 19 QSOs, the amplification bias dominates the combined effect resulting in a slight overestimate of dN/dz, f(N) and Omega_HI. We mainly find that observational strategies presently used to produce high-z DLA surveys result in avoiding the signature of significant GL effects: following our model, we determine that an overestimate of Omega_HI by more than 10% is unlikely for the z > 1.7 existing surveys, but may reach ~= 35% for the low redshift ones. However, we show that, in the absence of extinction by dust and micro-lensing effects, surveys ideally designed to enhance GL effects, i.e. to search for DLAs at z ~ 0.5 in front of very bright (b_q ~= 16), high-z (z_q > 1) QSOs, may lead 1) to overestimate by up to ~= 90% the number of DLAs per unit redshift; 2) to bias the survey towards high HI column density systems so that it could contain up to 4 times as many such systems, thus 3) to overestimate by up to ~= 170% the cosmological density of gas associated with those DLAs. Identification of the galaxies responsible for the DLAs may be severely biased towards luminous galaxies if 2/alpha_TF - alpha_H>0 this latter effect is greatly increased for log N_HI > 21 DLAs. Hence, GL effects on the quantities derived from surveys for z ~ 0.5 DLAs are of the same order, but of opposite direction, as the effects of extinction by dust (cf. Fall & Pei, 1993). However, the GL and dust extinction effects do not compensate each other: combining them in a consistent way is necessary to interpret existing DLA surveys. Furthermore, the effects due to micro-lensing should be simultaneously taken into account. We intend to report the results on the complex interplay between macro-lensing, micro-lensing and dust in a subsequent paper. We briefly present statistical tests specifically designed to check whether GL affects existing DLA surveys, and assuming that extinction by dust is negligible. We only find indications of GL effects for the z < 1 ones which, if confirmed, might even be stronger than predicted by our model. We show that an independent work on the same subject by Bartelmann & Loeb (1996) incorrectly treats the inclination effects for the intervening galaxies, thus undermining some of their main results and conclusions. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing in quasar samples
Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics Review (2002), 10(4), 263-311

The first cosmic mirage was discovered approximately 20 years ago as the double optical counterpart of a radio source. This phenomenon had been predicted some 70 years earlier as a consequence of General ... [more ▼]

The first cosmic mirage was discovered approximately 20 years ago as the double optical counterpart of a radio source. This phenomenon had been predicted some 70 years earlier as a consequence of General Relativity. We present here a summary of what we have learnt since. The applications are so numerous that we had to concentrate on a few selected aspects of this new field of research. This review is focused on strong gravitational lensing, i.e. the formation of multiple images, in QSO samples. It is intended to give the reader an up-to-date status of the observations and to present an overview of its most interesting potential applications in cosmology and astrophysics, as well as numerous important results achieved so far. The first section follows an intuitive approach to the basics of gravitational lensing and is developed in view of our interest in multiply imaged quasars. The astrophysical and cosmological applications of gravitational lensing are outlined in Sect. 2 and the most important results are presented in Sect. 5. Sections 3 and 4 are devoted to the observations. Finally, conclusions are summarized in the last section. We have tried to avoid duplication with existing (and excellent) introductions to the field of oravitational lensing. For this reason, we did not concentrate on the individual properties of specific lens models, as these are already well presented in Narayan and Bartelmann (1996) and on a more intuitive ground in Refsdal and Surdej (1994). Wambsganss (1998) proposes a broad view on gravitational lensing, in astronomy; the reviews by Fort and Mellier (1994) and Hattori et al. (1999) deal with lensing by galaxy clusters, microlensing in the Galaxy and the local group is reviewed by Paczynski (1996) and a general panorama on weak lensing is given by Bartelmann and Schneider (1999) and Mellier (1999). The monograph on the theory of gravitational lensing by Schneider, Ehlers and Falco (1992) also remains a reference in the field. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing search for dark matter halos
Biernaux, Judith ULg

Conference (2014, November 19)

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See detailGravitational lensing statistics based on a large sample of highly luminous quasars
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Crampton, D. et al

in Astronomical Journal (The) (1993), 105

Results on gravitational lensing statistics applied to a sample of 469 highly luminous quasars are reported. The objects were directly imaged, either from the ground under optimal seeing conditions, or ... [more ▼]

Results on gravitational lensing statistics applied to a sample of 469 highly luminous quasars are reported. The objects were directly imaged, either from the ground under optimal seeing conditions, or using the HST. We have derived values for the effectiveness parameter F of galaxies, modeled by means of singular isothermal spheres, to produce macrolensed images of distant quasars, and upper limits on the density parameter Omega(L) of compact objects with masses between 10 exp 10 and 10 exp 12 solar masses. Adopting H(0)= 50 km/s/Mpc, Omega(0)= 1, and Lambda = 0, we find that at the 99.7 percent confidence level, F is between 0.005 and 0.478 and that Omega(L) is less than 0.02. A critical discussion of these results is presented. Finally, comparing the efficiencies of ground-based and space instruments used to search for gravitational lens systems among highly luminous quasars, we conclude that for the near future, ground-based direct imaging characterized by a good dynamical range still constitutes the best observational strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing statistics based on a large sample of highly luminous quasars observed with ground-based telescopes and HST
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Crampton, D. et al

in Benvenuti, Piero; Schreier, Ethan J (Eds.) Proceedings of a ST-ECF/STScI Workshop "Science with the Hubble Space Telescope" (1992)

We present here some recent results on gravitational lensing statistics as applied to a sample of 470 highly luminous quasars.

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See detailGravitational lensing studies with the 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT)
Jean, C.; Claeskens, J *-F; Surdej, Jean ULg

Poster (1999, October 01)

A 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) is being built in the north of Chile by an international consortium and will become operational in two years from now. We present here a short ... [more ▼]

A 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) is being built in the north of Chile by an international consortium and will become operational in two years from now. We present here a short description of the telescope as well as estimates of the microlensing, macrolensing and weak lensing effects expected from a deep, multicolor imaging survey made with such a telescope. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing studies with the 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) (poster contribution)
Jean, C.; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Brainerd, T. G.; Kochanek, C. S. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference "Gravitational lensing: recent progress and future goals" (2001, October 01)

A 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) is being built in the north of Chile by an international consortium and will become operational in two years from now. We present here a short ... [more ▼]

A 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) is being built in the north of Chile by an international consortium and will become operational in two years from now. We present here a short description of the telescope as well as estimates of the microlensing, macrolensing and weak lensing effects expected from a deep, multicolor imaging survey made with such a telescope. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 'Gravitational Lensing' Bibliography
Pospieszalska-Surdej, Anna ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg; Veron, P.

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 Lensing, Dark Matter and the Optical Gravitational Lens Experiment
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Delacroix, Christian ULg et al

in Matagne, N.; Cugnon, Joseph; Lansberg, Jean-Philippe (Eds.) American Institute of Physics Conference Proc. Volume 1038 (2008, August 01)

After briefly reviewing the history of gravitational lensing, we recall the basic principles of the theory. We then describe and use a simple optical gravitational lens experiment which has the virtue of ... [more ▼]

After briefly reviewing the history of gravitational lensing, we recall the basic principles of the theory. We then describe and use a simple optical gravitational lens experiment which has the virtue of accounting for all types of image configurations observed so far among the presently known gravitational lens systems. Finally, we briefly present the 4m International Liquid Mirror Telescope project in the context of a photometric monitoring of multiply imaged quasars. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing, rapport invité
Surdej, Jean ULg

Conference (2005)

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See detailGravitational settling in pulsating subdwarf B stars and their progenitors
Hu, Haili; Glebbeek, E.; Thoul, Anne ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 511

Context. Diffusion of atoms can be important during quiescent phases of stellar evolution. Particularly in the very thin inert envelopes of subdwarf B stars, diffusive movements will considerably change ... [more ▼]

Context. Diffusion of atoms can be important during quiescent phases of stellar evolution. Particularly in the very thin inert envelopes of subdwarf B stars, diffusive movements will considerably change the envelope structure and the surface abundances on a short timescale. Also, the subdwarfs will inherit the effects of diffusion in their direct progenitors, namely giants near the tip of the red giant branch. This will influence the global evolution and the pulsational properties of subdwarf B stars. <BR /> Aims: We investigate the impact of gravitational settling, thermal diffusion and concentration diffusion on the evolution and pulsations of subdwarf B stars. Although radiative levitation is not explicitly calculated, we evaluate its effect by approximating the resulting iron accumulation in the driving region. This allows us to study the excitation of the pulsation modes, albeit in a parametric fashion. Our diffusive stellar models are compared with models evolved without diffusion. <BR /> Methods: We use a detailed stellar evolution code to solve simultaneously the equations of stellar structure and evolution, including the composition changes due to diffusion. The diffusion calculations are performed for a multicomponent fluid using diffusion coefficients derived from a screened Coulomb potential. We constructed subdwarf B models with a mass of 0.465 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] from a 1 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] and 3 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] zero-age main sequence progenitor. The low mass star ignited helium in an energetic flash, while the intermediate mass star started helium fusion gently. For each progenitor type we computed series with and without atomic diffusion. <BR /> Results: Atomic diffusion in red giants causes the helium core mass at the onset of helium ignition to be larger. We find an increase of 0.0015 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] for the 1 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] model and 0.0036 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] for the 3 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] model. The effects on the red giant surface abundances are small after the first dredge up. The evolutionary tracks of the diffusive subdwarf B models are shifted to lower surface gravities and effective temperatures due to outward diffusion of hydrogen. This affects both the frequencies of the excited modes and the overall frequency spectrum. Especially the structure and pulsations of the post-non-degenerate sdB star are drastically altered, proving that atomic diffusion cannot be ignored in these stars. Sinking of metals could to some extent increase the gravities and temperatures due to the associated decrease in the stellar opacity. However, this effect should be limited as it is counteracted by radiative levitation. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitationall lensing evidence against extended dark matter halos
Magain, Pierre ULg; Chantry, Virginie ULg

E-print/Working paper (2013)

It is generally thought that galaxies are embedded in dark matter halos extending well beyond their luminous matter. The existence of these galactic halos is mainly derived from the larger than expected ... [more ▼]

It is generally thought that galaxies are embedded in dark matter halos extending well beyond their luminous matter. The existence of these galactic halos is mainly derived from the larger than expected velocities of stars and gas in the outskirts of spiral galaxies. Much less is known about dark matter around early-type (elliptical or lenticular) galaxies. We use gravitational lensing to derive the masses of early-type galaxies deflecting light of background quasars. This provides a robust measurement of the total mass within the Einstein ring, a circle whose diameter is comparable to the separation of the different quasar images. We find that the mass-to-light ratio of the lensing galaxies does not depend on radius, from inner galactic regions out to several half-light radii. Moreover, its value does not exceed the value predicted by stellar population models by more than a factor two, which may be explained by baryonic dark matter alone, without any need for exotic matter. Our results thus suggest that, if dark matter is present in early-type galaxies, its amount does not exceed the amount of luminous matter and its density follows that of luminous matter, in sharp contrast to what is found from rotation curves of spiral galaxies. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitationally lensed quasars: light curves, observational constraints, modeling and the Hubble constant.
Chantry, Virginie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2009)

The central topic of this thesis is gravitational lensing, a phenomenon that occurs when light rays from a background source pass near a massive object located on the line of sight and are deflected. It ... [more ▼]

The central topic of this thesis is gravitational lensing, a phenomenon that occurs when light rays from a background source pass near a massive object located on the line of sight and are deflected. It is one of the most wonderful observational fact in favour of the General Theory of Relativity (Einstein, 1916). This phenomenon constitutes a powerful tool to probe different areas in astrophysics, including cosmology, which is our main interest. In particular we study gravitationally lensed quasars. Refsdal (1964) was the first to state that time delays between different lensed images of the same object, if this one is intrisically variable, can lead to the measurement of the Hubble constant H0, which is related the actual expansion rate of the Universe. Up to now, only a few lensed quasars have led to H0 and the precision on it has never reached the one obtained with other methods as the ones based on the Cosmic Distance Ladder. That is why some scientists from around the globe decided to unite their force to measure H0 from about thirty lensed quasars. To reach that goal, these objects are being monitored with some mid-sized ground-based telescopes located in both hemispheres. This thesis is realised in the framework of this collaboration called COSMOGRAIL for COSmological MOnitoring of GRAvItational Lenses. This work focuses on image processing and on several steps mandatory to obtain a measurement of H0 from lensed quasars: the acquisiton of the light curves from which it is possible to extract the time delays and the acquisition of the observational constraints necessary to model the gravitational potential responsible for the observed configura- tion. The central technique of this work is the image deconvolution with the MCS algorithm (Magain, Courbin & Sohy, 1998). The main principle of this algorithm is the non-violation of the sampling theorem in trying to obtain a better resolution in the deconvolved frame instead of an infinite one. The final resolution in the deconvolved frame is chosen by the user and as it is known, every image is decomposed in a contri- bution from the point sources and another one from all the extended structures such as arcs, rings and galaxies. To obtain good light curves from data coming from several telescopes, good reduction procedures are needed. That is why Vuissoz (2008) developed a semi-automated reduc- tion pipeline including deconvolution with the MCS algorithm. In the framework of the i ii Abstract present thesis, we adapt it to one of the telescopes used by the collaboration whose data were never used before, i.e. the Mercator telescope. We also bring some modifications to this pipeline, e.g. concerning the estimation of the error on the magnitudes of the light curves. We apply this revised version of the reduction pipeline to HE 0435-1223, a quadruply imaged quasar with already measured time delays (Kochanek et al., 2006). Another object, the quad WFI J2026-4536, is then investigated: we obtain light curves for each of the four lensed images. Thanks to the CASTLES project (Cfa-Arizona Space Telescope LEns Survey1), many lensed quasars have been observed with the camera 2 of NICMOS (Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer ) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. With these high resolution images, we can obtain very accurate constraints on the geometry of the lensed systems. But most of the time no star is available in the field of view to obtain a good Point Spread Function (PSF). That is why we develop an iterative strategy combined with the MCS algorithm: we call it ISMCS. This technique allows to use the lensed images themselves to improve the PSFs step by step while simultaneously deconvolving the frame to obtain better estimations of the extended structures in the image. We first test this strategy on a quadruply imaged quasar, the Cloverleaf gravitational lens (H1413+117), and obtain relative positions precise to 1 milliarcsecond (mas). We then apply ISMCS to the quadruply imaged quasar WFI J2033-4723 in order to con- tribute to the estimate of the Hubble constant, as this object was monitored by our team. We then study a sample of seven lensed systems currently monitored by COSMOGRAIL and for which time delays have never been obtained. Here again, we obtain positional constraints with an accuracy of around 1 to 2 mas thanks to the application of ISMCS. We then model these systems with simple mass profiles for the main lens galaxy and obtain an estimation of the values of the time delays. Finally we apply ISMCS to a sample of eleven lensed quasars which already have measured time delays. When the delays have been remeasured by our team, in four cases until now, we also model the potential of the lens with simple mass profiles to estimate H0. 1http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/castles [less ▲]

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See detailGravito-inertial and pressure modes detected in the B3 IV CoRoT target HD 43317
Pápics, P. I.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Baglin, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 542

Context. OB stars are important building blocks of the Universe, but we have only a limited sample of them well understood enough from an asteroseismological point of view to provide feedback on the ... [more ▼]

Context. OB stars are important building blocks of the Universe, but we have only a limited sample of them well understood enough from an asteroseismological point of view to provide feedback on the current evolutionary models. Our study adds one special case to this sample, with more observational constraints than for most of these stars. <BR /> Aims: Our goal is to analyse and interpret the pulsational behaviour of the B3 IV star HD 43317 using the CoRoT light curve along with the ground-based spectroscopy gathered by the HARPS instrument. This way we continue our efforts to map the β Cep and SPB instability strips. <BR /> Methods: We used different techniques to reveal the abundances and fundamental stellar parameters from the newly-obtained high-resolution spectra. We used various time-series analysis tools to explore the nature of variations present in the light curve. We calculated the moments and used the pixel-by-pixel method to look for line profile variations in the high-resolution spectra. <BR /> Results: We find that HD 43317 is a single fast rotator (v[SUB]rot[/SUB] ≈ 50% v[SUB]crit[/SUB]) and hybrid SPB/β Cep-type pulsator with Solar metal abundances. We interpret the variations in photometry and spectroscopy as a result of rotational modulation connected to surface inhomogeneities, combined with the presence of both g and p mode pulsations. We detect a series of ten consecutive frequencies with an almost constant period spacing of 6339 s as well as a second shorter sequence consisting of seven frequencies with a spacing of 6380 s. The dominant frequencies fall in the regime of gravito-inertial modes. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain.Based on data gathered with HARPS installed on the 3.6 m ESO telescope (ESO Large Programme 182.D-0356) at La Silla, Chile.Table A.1 is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/542/A55">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/542/A55</A> [less ▲]

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See detailGravity induced tectonics in charnockitic rocks: the Bjerkreim-Sokndal massif (Rogaland, Southwest Norway)
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULg

in Journal of Conference Abstracts (1999), 4

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See detailGravity induced tectonics in the Rogaland anorthositic province, Southwest Norway
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Barnichon, Jean-Dominique et al

in Documents du BRGM (1999), 290

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See detailGravity modes and mixed modes as probes of stellar cores in main-sequence stars: From solar-like to β Cep stars
Miglio, Andrea ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Eggenberger, P. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2008), 329

We investigate how the frequencies of gravity modes depend on the detailed properties of the chemical composition gradient that develops near the core of main-sequence stars and, therefore, on the ... [more ▼]

We investigate how the frequencies of gravity modes depend on the detailed properties of the chemical composition gradient that develops near the core of main-sequence stars and, therefore, on the transport processes that are able to modify the \mu profile in the central regions. We show that in main-sequence models, similarly to the case of white dwarfs, the periods of high-order gravity modes are accurately described by a uniform period spacing superposed to an oscillatory component. The periodicity and amplitude of such a component are related, respectively, to the location and sharpness of the \mu gradient. We briefly discuss and interpret, by means of this simple approximation, the effect of turbulent mixing near the core on the periods of both high-order and low-order g modes, as well as of modes of mixed pressure-gravity character. [less ▲]

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