Strong gravitational lensing and dynamical dark energy

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We study the strong gravitational lensing properties of galaxy clusters obtained from N-body simulations with different kinds of dark energy (DE). We consider both dynamical DE, due to a scalar field self-interacting through Ratra-Peebles (RP) or supergravity (SUGRA) potentials, and DE with constant negative w = p/ρ= -1 (ACDM). We have 12 high-resolution lensing systems for each cosmological model with mass greater than 5.0 × 1014 h-1 M⊙. Using a ray shooting technique, we make a detailed analysis of the lensing properties of these clusters, paying particular attention to the number of arcs and their properties (magnification, length and width). We find that the number of giant arcs produced by galaxy clusters changes in a considerable way from ACDM models to dynamical dark energy models with an RP or SUGRA potential. These differences originate from the different epochs of cluster formation and from the non-linearity of the strong lensing effect. We suggest that strong lensing is one of the best tools to discriminate among different kinds of dark energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1256
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 21 2005


  • Cosmology: theory
  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies: clusters: general
  • Galaxies: haloes
  • Methods: analytical
  • Methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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