Presentasjon av masteroppgave: Elisabeth Strøm

Space-based weak gravitational lensing measurements of lensing-selected clusters


Weak gravitational lensing provides a way of estimating the mass and mass distribution of galaxy clusters at large radii. The clusters act as lenses, so that light emitted by background sources, is bent and distorted by the gravitational potential of the cluster. At large radii, the induced distortions in the image of the background galaxies, can be observed as a subtle systematic shift in their ellipticity. This is parametrized in the reduced gravitational shear, g. In this thesis, we perform a weak lensing analysis on three selected clusters, PSZ1 G311.65-18.48 (z=0.443), SDSS J1226+2152 (z=0.435), and SDSS J1723+3411 (z=0.443), all imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. First, objects and their magnitudes are detected. Artifacts are filtered out by only allowing objects detected in multiple filters. By putting an upper an lower limit on their signal-to-noise ratio, and the sizes of the objects, stars and some cluster galaxies, are also rejected. Next, we remove the red sequence, formed by cluster galaxies in a colormagnitude diagram. Stars and are only affected by the point-spread-function (PSF) of the telescope optics, and most form a column in a magnitude versus radius diagram. They are used to determine the shape of the PSF. The final catalog, contains only background galaxies, and their PSF corrected reduced shear, is measured through a modified KSB method (Luppino and Kaiser 1997). The azimuthally averaged reduced shear, is found at different radii, and converted into a 2D surface mass distribution. We find that a NFW profile best fit our data, and obtain a mass estimate, M200, through a best-fit analysis. The NFW profile depends on the parameters r200 and c200, the latter of which is very diffcult to determine. While keeping c200 fixed, and estimated from the relation found by Duffy et al. (2008), we report the following results: For PSZ1 G311.65-18.48, we find σv ≈ ​1066.4 kms-1, and M200 ≈ 1.1 x 10-15 Mh-1. This mass is about 1/2 of that extrapolated from Dahle et al. (2016), but well within our combined margins of error. For the SDSS clusters, we were only able to obtain an upper and lower limit of the mass. SDSS J1226+2152 is a part of a larger multi-cluster structure. This most likely biases our shear measurements to smaller values, and results in an unexpectedly small mass, M200 ≈ 2:1 x 1013 Mh-1. We suspect this is the same reason why our measured cluster galaxy velocity dispersion, σv ≈ 323.0kms-1, is so much smaller than that found by Bayliss et al. (2011). For SDSS J1723+3411, we calculate a mass of M200 ≈ 4.5 x 1014 Mh-1, and a velocity dispersion of σv = 518.9km s-1. Compared to the strong lensing analysis done by Kubo et al. (2010) on the same cluster, our σv values are very similar. If we extrapolate their mass estimate with an SIS profile, our mass is ≈ 0.6 that of theirs.


Veileder: Førsteamanuensis Sijing Shen, Institutt for teoretisk astrofysikk, UiO

Medveileder: Forsker Håkon Dahle, Institutt for teoretisk astrofysikk, UiO

Intern sensor: Professor David F. Mota, Institutt for teoretisk astrofysikk, UiO

Ekstern sensor: Assistant professor Adriano Agnello, Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Publisert 5. juni 2019 16:03 - Sist endret 23. sep. 2019 09:50