Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 461, 813-821 (2007/1-3)
The CFHTLS strong lensing legacy survey. I. Survey overview and T0002 release sample.
CABANAC R.A., ALARD C., DANTEL-FORT M., FORT B., GAVAZZI R., GOMEZ P., KNEIB J.P., LE FEVRE O., MELLIER Y., PELLO R., SOUCAIL G., SYGNET J.F. and VALLS-GABAUD D.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present data from the CFHTLS Strong Lensing Legacy Survey (SL2S). Due to the unsurpassed combined depth, area and image quality of the Canada-France-Hawaii Legacy Survey it is becoming possible to uncover a large, statistically well-defined sample of strong gravitational lenses which spans the dark halo mass spectrum predicted by the concordance model from galaxy to cluster haloes. We describe the development of several automated procedures to find strong lenses of various mass regimes in CFHTLS images. The preliminary sample of about 40 strong lensing candidates discovered in the CFHTLS T0002 release, covering an effective field of view of 28deg2 is presented. These strong lensing systems were discovered using an automated search and consist mainly of gravitational arc systems with splitting angles between 2 and 15arcsec. This sample shows for the first time that it is possible to uncover a large population of strong lenses from galaxy groups with typical halo masses of about 1013h–1M☉. We discuss the future evolution of the SL2S project and its main scientific aims for the next 3-years, in particular our observational strategy to extract the hundreds of gravitational rings also present in these fields.
gravitational lensing - surveys - cosmology: dark matter - galaxies: fundamental parameters - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: halos