Gravitational Lenses and the Structure of Galaxies

  • Christopher S. Kochanek
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 173)


Nearly singular isothermal mass distributions with small core radii are consistent with stellar dynamics, lens statistics, and lens models as a model for E/S0 galaxies. Models like the de Vaucouleurs model with a constant mass-to-light ratio are not. While the isothermal distributions are probably an oversimplification, E/S0 galaxies (at least in projection) must have significant amounts of dark matter on scales of an effective radius.


Dark Matter Velocity Dispersion Core Radius Lens Model Gravitational Lens 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher S. Kochanek
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  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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