Hubble space telescope observations of the luminous iras source FSC 10214+4724: A gravitationally lensed infrared quasar

Peter R. Eisenhardt, Lee Armus, David W. Hogg, B. T. Soifer, G. Neugebauer, Michael W. Werner

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    With a redshift of 2.3, the IRAS source FSC 10214+4724 is-apparently one of the most luminous objects known in the universe. We present an image of FSC 10214+4724 at 0.8 μm obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) WFPC2 Planetary Camera. The source appears as an unresolved (<0″06) arc 0″7 long, with significant substructure along its length. The center of curvature of the arc is located near an elliptical galaxy 1″18 to the north. An unresolved component 100 times fainter than the arc is clearly detected on the opposite side of this galaxy. The most straightforward interpretation is that FSC 10214+4724 is gravitationally lensed by the foreground elliptical galaxy, with the faint component a counterimage of the IRAS source. The brightness of the arc in the HST image is then magnified by ∼100, and the intrinsic source diameter is ∼ 0″01 (80 pc) at 0.25 μm rest wavelength. The bolometric luminosity is probably amplified by a smaller factor (∼30) as a result of the larger extent expected for the source in the far-infrared. A detailed lensing model is presented that reproduces the observed mor-phology and relative flux of the arc and counterimage and correctly predicts the position angle of the lensing galaxy. The model also predicts reasonable values for the velocity dispersion, mass, and mass-to-light ratio of the lensing galaxy for a wide range of galaxy redshifts. A redshift for the lensing galaxy of ∼0.9 is consistent with the measured surface brightness profile from the image, as well as with the galaxy's spectral energy distribution. The background lensed source has an intrinsic luminosity ∼2 × 1013 L and remains a highly luminous quasar with an extremely large ratio of infrared to optical/ultraviolet luminosity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)72-83
    Number of pages12
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number1 PART I
    StatePublished - 1996


    • Gravitational lensing
    • Infrared: galaxies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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