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Ground-Based And HST Direct Imaging Of HLQs

  • J. Surdej (a1) (a2), A.O. Jaunsen (a3), J.-F. Claeskens (a4) (a5), S. Gonzaga (a6), A. Pospieszalska-Surdej (a6), B. Pirenne (a7) and A. Prieto (a8)...

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In the context of our studies on gravitational lensing effects among Highly Luminous Quasars (HLQs), we are presently compiling at STScI an archive of direct CCD frames for more than 1000 bright quasars observed with HST and ground-based telescopes. This archive will soon become publicly accessible through the Internet. On the basis of these observations, we are pursuing in a systematic way the analysis (subtraction of numerical PSFs and/or deconvolution) of the HLQ images in order to detect multiple QSO images and/or nearby foreground galaxies at very small angular separations. Residual images corresponding to several new possible multiply imaged HLQs are presented here. From the observed number and image configuration of gravitational lens candidates identified in this large sample of HLQs, it is possible to infer realistic values for parameters characterizing the galaxy deflectors, the number counts of quasars, etc. (cf. Claeskens et al. 1995ab), and also to set interesting constraints on the cosmological density of compact objects in the mass range 1010 ‒ 1012 M .

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