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First estimate of the time delay in HE 1104-1805

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We present first results from five years of spectrophotometric monitoring of the bright double QSO and gravitational lens HE 1104-1805. The quasar has varied considerably over this time, while the emission line fluxes appear to have remained constant. We have constructed monochromatic continuum light curves for components A and B, finding that B leads the variability. A quantitative analysis with the Pelt method gives a best estimate for the light travel time delay of about 0.73 years, although a value as low as 0.3 cannot yet be excluded. We discuss possible models for the QSO-lens configuration and use our measured time delay to predict the redshift of the lens, zd. Finding that most likely zd ≲ 1, we can rule out the hitherto favoured values of zd = 1.32 or 1.66. A new candidate is an absorption system at z = 0.73, but the lens could also be an elliptical not detected in absorption.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAstronomy and Astrophysics
Vol/bind339
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)L73-L76
ISSN0004-6361
StatusUdgivet - 20 nov. 1998

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