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1997A&A...317L..39J - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 317, L39 (1997/1-1)

Detection of a spiral lens galaxy and optical variability in the gravitational lens system B1600+434.


Abstract (from CDS):

The gravitationally lensed quasar B1600+434 (z=1.61, mv=21.6) has been observed at the 2.56m Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT). In this Letter we report the discovery of an edge-on late-type galaxy located between the two lensed components (separation 1.4"), close to the fainter image. The galaxy photometry indicates that its redshift is approximately 0.4. We detect a large colour difference between the two images due to significant obscuration of the faint image. The estimated amount of absorption as a function of colour indicates that the extinction may be due to dust in the lensing galaxy. We also present evidence of flux variability in B1600+434 with a detected change of ∼0.25mag in one year. The theoretically expected time delay is of the order of one month and so the system may be an interesting object for determining the Hubble constant.

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Journal keyword(s): dark matter - Galaxies: spiral - gravitational lensing - quasars: individual: B1600+434 (QSO 1600+434)

Nomenclature: Table 3: [JH97] B1600+434 N=1, [JH97] B1600+434 Lens N=1, [JH97] B1600+434 A (Nos A-B), [JH97] B1600+434 SE. Fig 1: [JH97] Star N (Nos 1-3).

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