Q1208 +1011: Search for the lensing galaxy

Aneta Siemicinowska, Jill Bechtold, Thomas L. Aldcroft, K. K. Mcleod, Charles R. Keeton

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We present a high-resolution spectrum of the high-redshift, lensed quasar Q1208+1101, obtained with the echellette spectrograph on the Multiple Mirror Telescope. We examine the new and published spectra and provide an updated list of high-confidence metal-line absorption systems at z = 1.1349, 2.8626, 2.9118, 2.9136, and 2.9149. Combining this with a simple model of the gravitational lens system allows us to constrain the possible lens redshifts. The high-redshift (z > 2.5) and low-redshift (zlt; 0.4) candidates can be ruled out with high confidence. The current spectra effectively probe about 40% of the redshift range in which the lens is expected. In that range, there is only one known metal-line absorption system, an Mg II absorber at z = 1.1349. We consider the possibility that this system is the lensing galaxy and discuss the implied parameters of the galaxy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART I
StatePublished - 1998


  • Gravitational lensing
  • Quasars: absorption lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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