Friday, July 19, 2013

1307.4764 (Alessandro Sonnenfeld et al.)

The SL2S Galaxy-scale Lens Sample. III. Lens Models, Surface Photometry and Stellar Masses for the final sample    [PDF]

Alessandro Sonnenfeld, Raphaël Gavazzi, Sherry H. Suyu, Tommaso Treu, Philip J. Marshall
We present Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging data and CFHT Near IR ground-based images for the final sample of 56 candidate galaxy-scale lenses uncovered in the CFHT Legacy Survey as part of the Strong Lensing in the Legacy Survey (SL2S) project. The new images are used to perform lens modeling, measure surface photometry, and estimate stellar masses of the deflector early-type galaxies. Lens modeling is performed on the HST images (or CFHT when HST is not available) by fitting the spatially extended light distribution of the lensed features assuming a singular isothermal ellipsoid mass profile and by reconstructing the intrinsic source light distribution on a pixelized grid. Based on the analysis of systematic uncertainties and comparison with inference based on different methods we estimate that our Einstein Radii are accurate to \sim3%. HST imaging provides a much higher success rate in confirming gravitational lenses and measuring their Einstein radii than CFHT imaging does. Lens modeling with ground-based images however, when successful, yields Einstein radius measurements that are competitive with spaced-based images. Information from the lens models is used together with spectroscopic information from the companion paper IV to classify the systems, resulting in a final sample of 39 confirmed (grade-A) lenses and 17 promising candidates. The redshifts of the main deflector span a range 0.3View original:

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