COSMOGRAIL: the COSmological MOnitoring of GRAvItational Lenses

Courbin, F. and Desai, Shantanu et. al. (2018) COSMOGRAIL: the COSmological MOnitoring of GRAvItational Lenses. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 609. A71. ISSN 0004-6361

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Abstract

We present time-delay measurements for the new quadruple imaged quasar DES J0408−5354, the first quadruple imaged quasar found in the Dark Energy Survey (DES). Our result is made possible by implementing a new observational strategy using almost daily observations with the MPIA 2.2 m telescope at La Silla observatory and deep exposures reaching a signal-to-noise ratio of about 1000 per quasar image. This data qualityallows us to catch small photometric variations (a few mmag rms) of the quasar, acting on temporal scales much shorter than microlensing, and hence making the time delay measurement very robust against microlensing. In only seven months we very accurately measured one of the time delays in DES J0408−5354: Δt(AB) = −112.1 ± 2.1 days (1.8%) using only the MPIA 2.2 m data. In combination with data taken with the 1.2 m Euler Swiss telescope, we also measured two delays involving the D component of the system Δt(AD) = −155.5 ± 12.8 days (8.2%) and Δt(BD) = −42.4 ± 17.6 days (41%), where all the error bars include systematics. Turning these time delays into cosmological constraints will require deep Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging or ground-based adaptive optics (AO), and information on the velocity field of the lensing galaxy.

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Desai, Shantanu et. al.http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0466-3288
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: methods,data analysis,gravitational lensing,strong,cosmological parameters
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2019 05:09
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2019 05:09
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4980
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201731461
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