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

D. Ricci, J. Poels, A. Elyiv, F. Finet, P.G. Sprimont, T. Anguita, V. Bozza, P. Browne, M. Burgdorf, S. Calchi Novati, M. Dominik, S. Dreizler, M. Glitrup, F. Grundahl, K. Harpsøe, F. Hessman, T. C. Hinse, Allan Hornstrup, M. Hundertmark, U. G. JørgensenC. Liebig, G. Maier, L. Mancini, G. Masi, M. Mathiasen, S. Rahvar, G. Scarpetta, J. Skottfelt, C. Snodgrass, J. Southworth, J. Teuber, C. C. Thöne, J. Wambsganß, F. Zimmer, M. Zub, J. Surdej

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    Abstract

    Aims: We present VRi photometric observations of the quadruply imaged quasarHE0435-1223, 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. © ESO, 2011.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
    Volume528
    Pages (from-to)A42
    Number of pages8
    ISSN0004-6361
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Techniques: photometric
    • Quasars: general
    • Gravitational lensing: weak

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