Faint object spectrograph observations of the large-redshift gravitational lens candidate 1208+1011

John N. Bahcall, George F. Hartig, Buell T. Jannuzi, Dan Maoz, Donald P. Schneider

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We report HST spectroscopic observations of the z = 3.8 gravitational lens candidate 1208+1011. Lowdispersion (R = 200) Faint Object Spectrograph data, covering the wavelength range 3700-7800 Å, were obtained for each of the two components (V ≈ 18.3 and 19.8 mag) and for a comparison (blank) field; the fainter component and the blank field are both separated by 0″.47 from the brighter image. The spectra of both components possess strong Lyα/N V and O VI/Lyβ emission lines at a redshift of 3.8 as well as a number of similar absorption features. Both components have a ratio of the equivalent widths of the O VI complex to the Lyα complex much larger than the typical value seen in large-redshift quasars. There are small differences in the measured profiles of the Lyα and O VI/Lyβ emission lines of the images. These differences could be caused by absorption along different paths to a single lensed object, by unequal imaging of extended emissions, by systematic measuring errors, or by intrinsic differences in two nearly identical neighboring quasars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L51-L54
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992


  • Gravitational lensing
  • Quasars: emission lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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