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Gravitational Lenses

  • Peter Schneider
  • Jürgen Ehlers
  • Emilio E. Falco

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 1-24
  3. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 25-90
  4. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 91-117
  5. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 119-155
  6. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 157-181
  7. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 183-216
  8. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 217-227
  9. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 229-280
  10. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 281-293
  11. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 295-308
  12. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 309-369
  13. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 371-466
  14. Peter Schneider, Jürgen Ehlers, Emilio E. Falco
    Pages 467-515
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 517-560

About this book

Introduction

The theory, observations, and applications ofgravitational lensingconstitute one ofthe most rapidly growing branches ofextragalactic astrophysics. The deflection of light from very distant sources by intervening masses provides a unique possibility for the investigation of both background sources and lens mass distributions. Gravitational lensing manifestsitselfmost distinctly through multiply imaged QSOs and the formation of highly elongated im­ ages of distant galaxies ('arcs') and spectacular ring-like images of extra­ galactic radio sources. But the effects of gravitational light deflection are not limited to these prominent image configurations; more subtle, since not directly observable, consequences of lensing are the, possibly strong, mag­ nification of sources, which may permit observation of intrinsically fainter, or more distant, sources than would be visible without these natural tele­ scopes. Such light deflection can also affect the source counts of QSOs and of other compact extragalactic sources, and can lead to flux variability of sources owing to propagation effects. Trying to summarizethe theory and observationalstatus ofgravitational lensing in a monograph turned out to be a bigger problem than any of the authors anticipated when we started this project at the end of 1987, encour­ aged by Martin Harwit, who originally approached us. The development in the field has been very rapid during the last four years, both through the­ ory and through observation, and many sections have been rewritten several times, as the previous versions became out of date.

Keywords

Gravitationslinsen Gravity Potential Quasare Redshift Rotverschiebung extragalactic cosmology extragalaktische Kosmologie general relativity geometrical optics gravitation gravitational lensing quasar quasars relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Schneider
    • 1
  • Jürgen Ehlers
    • 1
  • Emilio E. Falco
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2756-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7655-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2756-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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