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ID: 276676.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The influence of redshift information on galaxy-galaxy lensing measurements
Authors:Kleinheinrich, M.; Rix, H.-W.; Erben, T.; Schneider, P.; Wolf, C.; Schirmer, M.; Meisenheimer, K.; Borch, A.; Dye, S.; Kovacs, Z.; Wisotzki, L.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2005
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume:439
Start Page:513
End Page:520
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We investigate how galaxy-galaxy lensing measurements depend on the knowledge of redshifts for lens and source galaxies. Galaxy-galaxy lensing allows one to study dark matter halos of galaxies statistically using weak gravitational lensing. Redshift information is required to reliably distinguish foreground lens galaxies from background source galaxies and to convert the measured shear into constraints on the lens model. Without spectroscopy or multi-colour information, redshifts can be drawn from independently estimated probability distributions. The COMBO-17 survey provides redshifts for both lens and source galaxies. It thus offers the unique possibility to do this investigation with observational data. We find that it is of great importance to know the redshifts of individual lens galaxies in order to constrain the properties of their dark matter halos. Whether the redshifts are derived from {UBVRI} or the larger number of filters available in COMBO-17 is not very important. In contrast, knowledge of individual source redshifts improves the measurements only very little over the use of statistical source redshift distributions as long as the source redshift distribution is known accurately.
Free Keywords:gravitational lensing; methods: data analysis; galaxies:; fundamental parameters; galaxies: statistics; cosmology: dark; matter
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph- bib_query?b... [ID No:1]
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