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The Gravitational Lens System B1030+074. Discovery and Follow-up

  • E. Xanthopoulos (a1), I. W. A. Browne (a1), L. J. King (a1), N. J. Jackson (a1), D. R. Marlow (a1), P. N. Wilkinson (a1), L. V. E. Koopmans (a2), A. R. Patnaik (a3) and R. W. Porcas (a3)...

Abstract

We report the discovery of a new double image gravitational lens system B1030+074 which was found during the Jodrell Bank - VLA Astrometric Survey (JVAS). We have collected extensive radio data on the system using the VLA, MERLIN, the EVN and the VLBA as well as HST WFPC2 and NICMOS observations. The lensed images are separated by 1.56 arcseconds and their flux density ratio at centimetric wavelengths is approximately 14:1 although the ratio is slightly frequency dependent and the images appear to be time variable. The HST pictures show both the lensed images and the lensing galaxy close to the weaker image. The lensing galaxy has substructure which could be either part of the galaxy or a companion object. We have modeled B1030+074 using a Singular Isothermal Ellipsoid that yielded a time delay of 156/h50 days. This lens is likely to be suitable for the measurement of the Hubble constant.

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Browne, I. W. A., Patnaik, A. R., Wilkinson, P. N., Wrobel, J. M. 1998, MNRAS, 293, 257
Patnaik, A. R., Browne, I. W. A., Wilkinson, P. N., Wrobel, J. M. 1992, MNRAS, 254, 655
Wilkinson, P. N., et al. 1998, submitted

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