High-redshift quasars lensed by spiral galaxies
Received 8 September 1999 / Accepted 2 March 2000
Given its extraordinary spatial resolution and sensitivity, the projected Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) is likely to detect a large number of high-redshift QSOs lensed by spiral galaxies. Using realistic models for the QSO and spiral populations, we calculate the expected number density of detectable QSOs multiply imaged by spirals, and investigate the influence of various evolution effects on that number density. It is shown that NGST will probably find of order ten lensed QSOs per square degree at 26th magnitude in the V and L bands, and that various observable quantities like the total number density of lensed QSOs in these two bands, the ratio between the number densities of lensed QSOs in the V and L bands, the fraction of QSOs with more than two images and so forth can be used to constrain the evolution of the QSOs, the spirals, the dust in spirals, and the masses of spiral disks.
Key words: galaxies: spiral galaxies: quasars: general cosmology: gravitational lensing
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Online publication: May 3, 2000