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Spectroscopic follow-up of double quasar candidates

Abstract: We report the results of an optical spectroscopic follow-up of four double quasar candidates in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data base. SDSS J1617+3827 is most likely a lensed quasar at z = 2.079, consisting of two images with r ~ 19-21 and separated by ?? ~ 2 arcsec. We identify an extended source north-east of the brightest image as an early-type lensing galaxy at z = 0.602, and detect a candidate for the main deflector in the vicinity of the faintest image. SDSS J2153+2732 consists of two distinct but physically associated quasars at z ~ 2.24 (r ~ 19-20, ?? = 3.6 arcsec). Although this system might be a binary quasar, there is evidence of a collision or merger within a galaxy cluster at an early stage. The other two candidates are projected pairs of active galactic nuclei: SDSS J1642+3200 (?? ~ 3 arcsec) comprises a distant quasar (r ~ 18) at z = 2.263 and the active nucleus (r > 20) of a galaxy at z ~ 0.3, while SDSS J0240-0208 (r ~ 18-19, ?? ~ 1 arcsec) is a pair of quasars at z = 1.687 and z = 1.059. In each of these two systems, the background quasar only suffers a weak gravitational lensing effect by the host galaxy of the foreground active nucleus, so the host galaxy mass is constrained to be less than (2.9-3) × 1011 M? inside 10 kpc.

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 Fuente: MNRAS, Vol. 480, Iss. 3, Pages 2853?2860 (2018)

Editorial: Oxford University Press

 Fecha de publicación: 01/11/2018

Nº de páginas: 8

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/MNRAS/STY2028

ISSN: 0035-8711,1365-2966

Proyecto español: YA2013-47744-C3-2-P : AYA2017-89815-P

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1093/MNRAS/STY2028