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Image simulations for gravitational lensing with SKYLENS

Plazas, A. A. and Meneghetti, M. and Maturi, M. and Rhodes, J. (2019) Image simulations for gravitational lensing with SKYLENS. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 482 (2). pp. 2823-2832. ISSN 0035-8711.

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We present the latest version of the ray-tracing simulation code SKYLENS, which can be used to develop image simulations that reproduce strong lensing observations by any mass distribution with a high level of realism. Improvements of the code with respect to previous versions include the implementation of the multilens plane formalism, the use of denoised source galaxies from the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, and the simulation of substructures in lensed arcs and images, based on a morphological analysis of bright nearby galaxies. SKYLENS can simulate observations with virtually any telescope. We present examples of space- and ground-based observations of a galaxy cluster through the Wide Field Channel on the Advanced Camera for Surveys of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Near-Infrared Camera of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Wide Field Imager of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, the Hyper Suprime Camera of the Subaru telescope, and the Visible Imaging Channel of the Euclid space mission.

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Plazas, A. A.0000-0002-2598-0514
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Rhodes, J.0000-0002-4485-8549
Additional Information:© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model ( Accepted 2018 October 5. Received 2018 October 3; in original form 2018 May 3. Published: 10 October 2018. We acknowledge support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), Directorate General for Country Promotion, from ASI via contract ASI/INAF/I/023/12/0. We acknowledge support from grant HST-AR-13915.004-A of the Space Telescope Science Institute. AAP is supported by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JR is being supported in part by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. MMa was supported by the SFB-Transregio TR33 ‘The Dark Universe’. ©2017. All rights reserved.
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Ministero degli affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale (MAECI)UNSPECIFIED
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)ASI/INAF/I/023/12/0
NASA Hubble FellowshipHST-AR-13915.004-A
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)TR33 Dark Universe
Subject Keywords:gravitational lensing: strong – galaxies: clusters: general – dark energy – dark matter
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Official Citation:A A Plazas, M Meneghetti, M Maturi, J Rhodes; Image simulations for gravitational lensing with SKYLENS, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 482, Issue 2, 11 January 2019, Pages 2823–2832,
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 05:18
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