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Flux and color variations of the quadruply imaged quasar HE 0435-1223

Ricci, D.; Poels, J.; Elyiv, A.; Finet, F.; Sprimont, P. G.; Anguita, T.; Bozza, V.; Browne, P.; Burgdorf, M.; Calchi Novati, S.; Dominik, M.; Dreizler, S.; Glitrup, M.; Grundahl, F.; Harpsøe, K.; Hessman, F.; Hinse, T. C.; Hornstrup, A.; Hundertmark, M.; Jørgensen, U. G.; Liebig, C.; Maier, G.; Mancini, L.; Masi, G.; Mathiasen, M.; Rahvar, S.; Scarpetta, G.; Skottfelt, J.; Snodgrass, C.; Southworth, J.; Teuber, J.; Thöne, C. C.; Wambsganß, J.; Zimmer, F.; Zub, M. and Surdej, J. (2011). Flux and color variations of the quadruply imaged quasar HE 0435-1223. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 528, article no. A42.

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Aims. We present VRi photometric observations of the quadruply imaged quasar HE0435-1223, carried out with the Danish 1.54 m telescope at the La Silla Observatory. Our aim was to monitor and study the magnitudes and colors of each lensed component as a function of time.

Methods. We monitored the object during two seasons (2008 and 2009) in the VRi spectral bands, and reduced the data with two independent techniques: difference imaging and point spread function (PSF) fitting.

Results. Between these two seasons, our results show an evident decrease in flux by ≈ 0.2–0.4 magnitudes of the four lensed components in the three filters. We also found a significant increase ( ≈ 0.05–0.015) in their V − R and R − i color indices.

Conclusions. These flux and color variations are very likely caused by intrinsic variations of the quasar between the observed epochs. Microlensing effects probably also affect the brightest “A” lensed component.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 ESO
ISSN: 1432-0746
Extra Information: 8 pp.
Keywords: quasars; gravitational lensing; photometric techniques
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI)
Item ID: 43081
Depositing User: Colin Snodgrass
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:31
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