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Title: Gravitational lensing by stars in a galaxy halo: theory of combined weak and strong scattering.
Authors: Nityananda, R.
Ostriker, J.P.
Keywords: Gravitation Lens
Galaxy Halos
Issue Date: 1984
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India.
Citation: Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, 1984, Vol. 5, p235-250.
Abstract: The theory of gravitational lensing of background quasars by stars in the halo of a galaxy is considered. In the limiting case of small 'optical depth', only one star is close enough to the beam to cause strong scattering, and the effect of all the other stars is treated as a peturbation with both systematic and random components. The perturbation coming from weak scattering can increase the number of images and the amplification in those cases where the amplification is already high; such events are preferentially selected in flux limited observations. The theory is applicable to the apparent association of background quasars with foreground galaxies. A comparison with earlier work on the same problem is given. The relevance of these results to gravitational lensing by galaxies as perturbed by random inhomogeneities surrounding the ray path is also briefly discussed.
ISSN: 0250-6335
Copyright: Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India.
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