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Author Bacon, David J. ♦ Schaefer, Bjoern Malte
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
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Date of Submission 2008-07-23
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract We account for all the image distortions relevant to weak gravitational lensing to second order. Besides the familiar shear, convergence, rotation and flexions, we find a new image distortion with two distinct descriptions, the twist and the turn. Like rotation, this distortion is not activated gravitationally to first order, but will be activated by systematic effects. We examine the rotational properties of twist and turn, and their effect on images in real and shapelet space. We construct estimators for the new distortion, taking into account the centroid shift which it generates. We then use these estimators to make first constraints on twist using the STAGES HST survey; we find that the mean twist estimator is consistent with zero. We measure correlation functions for our twist estimator on the survey, again finding no evidence of systematic effects.
Description Comment: 9 pages, 9 figures. Accepted by MNRAS; expands discussion of distortions and estimators
Reference: MNRAS 396, 2167-2175 (2009)
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 9


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