Keeton, Charles R.
Georgiev, Iskren Y.
Hennawi, Joseph F.
McGreer, Ian D.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
Keywordsgravitational lensing: strong
quasars: individual (J0439+1634)
quasars: supermassive black holes
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CitationFan, X., Wang, F., Yang, J., Keeton, C. R., Yue, M., Zabludoff, A., ... & Wu, X-B. (2019). The Discovery of a Gravitationally Lensed Quasar at z=6.51. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 870(2), L11.
JournalASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
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AbstractStrong gravitational lensing provides a powerful probe of the physical properties of quasars and their host galaxies. A high fraction of the most luminous high-redshift quasars was predicted to be lensed due to magnification bias. However, no multiple imaged quasar was found at z > 5 in previous surveys. We report the discovery of J043947.08+163415.7, a strongly lensed quasar at z = 6.51, the first such object detected at the epoch of reionization, and the brightest quasar yet known at z > 5. High-resolution Hubble Space Telescope imaging reveals a multiple imaged system with a maximum image separation theta similar to 0 ''.2, best explained by a model of three quasar images lensed by a low-luminosity galaxy at z similar to 0.7, with a magnification factor of similar to 50. The existence of this source suggests that a significant population of strongly lensed, high-redshift quasars could have been missed by previous surveys, as standard color selection techniques would fail when the quasar color is contaminated by the lensing galaxy.
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SponsorsUS NSF [AST-1716585, AST-1515115]; NASA ADAP [NNX17AF28G]; Space Telescope Science Institute [HST-GO-13644]; NSF [AST-1211874]; NASA Chandra award [AR8-19021A]; Yale Keck program [Y144]; ERC grant "Cosmic Dawn"; NSFC ; ERC grant "Cosmic Gas"