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Title: Observation and confirmation of six strong-lensing systems in the Dark Energy Survey science verification data

Here, we report the observation and confirmation of the first group- and cluster-scale strong gravitational lensing systems found in Dark Energy Survey data. Through visual inspection of data from the Science Verification season, we identified 53 candidate systems. We then obtained spectroscopic follow-up of 21 candidates using the Gemini Multi-object Spectrograph at the Gemini South telescope and the Inamori-Magellan Areal Camera and Spectrograph at the Magellan/Baade telescope. With this follow-up, we confirmed six candidates as gravitational lenses: three of the systems are newly discovered, and the remaining three were previously known. Of the 21 observed candidates, the remaining 15 either were not detected in spectroscopic observations, were observed and did not exhibit continuum emission (or spectral features), or were ruled out as lensing systems. The confirmed sample consists of one group-scale and five galaxy-cluster-scale lenses. The lensed sources range in redshift z ~ 0.80–3.2 and in i-band surface brightness i SB ~ 23–25 mag arcsec–2 (2'' aperture). For each of the six systems, we estimate the Einstein radius θ E and the enclosed mass M enc, which have ranges θ E ~ 5''–9'' and M enc ~ 8 × 1012 to 6 × 1013 M , respectively.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1264019
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB--15-509-AE; arXiv:1512.03062
Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357; 1409053
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 827; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Menlo Park, CA (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Orgs:
The DES Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS cosmology: observations; galaxies: clusters: general; galaxies: distances and redshifts; gravitational lensing: strong; methods: observational; techniques: spectroscopic