A New Quadruple Gravitational Lens System: CLASS B0128+437

P. M. Phillips, M. Norbury, L. V. E. Koopmans, I. W. A. Browne, N. Jackson, P. N. Wilkinson, A. D. Biggs, R. D. Blandford, A. G. de Bruyn, C. D. Fassnacht, Phillip Helbig, S. Mao, D. R. Marlow, S. T. Myers, T. J. Pearson, A. C. S. Readhead, D. Rusin & E. Xanthopoulos

MNRAS, 319, 2, L7–L11 (1 December 2000)

High resolution MERLIN observations of a newly-discovered four-image gravitational lens system, B0128+437, are presented. The system was found after a careful re-analysis of the entire CLASS dataset. The MERLIN observations resolve four components in a characteristic quadruple-image configuration; the maximum image separation is 542 mas and the total flux density is 48 mJy at 5 GHz. A best-fit lens model with a singular isothermal ellipsoid results in large errors in the image positions. A significantly improved fit is obtained after the addition of a shear component, suggesting that the lensing system is more complex and may consist of multiple deflectors. The integrated radio spectrum of the background source indicates that it is a GigaHertz-Peaked Spectrum (GPS) source. It may therefore be possible to resolve structure within the radio images with deep V LBI observations and thus better constrain the lensing mass distribution.

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