Models of the strongly lensed quasar DES J0408−5354 Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. We present detailed modelling of the recently discovered, quadruply lensed quasar J0408-5354, with the aim of interpreting its remarkable configuration: besides three quasar images (A,B,D) around the main deflector (G1), a fourth image (C) is significantly reddened and dimmed by a perturber (G2) which is not detected in the Dark Energy Survey imaging data. From lens models incorporating (dust-corrected) flux ratios, we find a perturber Einstein radius 0.04 arcsec ≲ RE, G2 ≲ 0.2 arcsec and enclosed mass Mp(RE, G2) ≲ 1.0 × 1010 MO˙. The main deflector has stellar mass log10(M*/MO˙) = 11.49-0.32+0.46, a projected mass Mp(RE, G1) ≈ 6 × 1011 MO˙ within its Einstein radius RE, G1 = (1.85 ± 0.15) arcsec and predicted velocity dispersion 267-280 km s-1. Follow-up images from a companion monitoring campaign show additional components, including a candidate second source at a redshift between the quasar and G1. Models with free perturbers, and dust-corrected and delay-corrected flux ratios, are also explored. The predicted time-delays (ΔtAB = (135.0 ± 12.6) d, ΔtBD = (21.0 ± 3.5) d) roughly agree with those measured, but better imaging is required for proper modelling and comparison. We also discuss some lessons learnt from J0408-5354 on lensed quasar finding strategies, due to its chromaticity and morphology.

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  • 13.33

author list (cited authors)

  • Agnello, A., Lin, H., Buckley-Geer, L., Treu, T., Bonvin, V., Courbin, F., ... Walker, A. R.

citation count

  • 14

publication date

  • September 2017