Discovery of a Very Bright and Intrinsically Very Luminous, Strongly Lensed Lyα Emitting Galaxy at z = 2.82 in the BOSS Emission-Line Lens Survey

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  • Authors:
  • Rui Marques-Chaves
  • Ismael Pérez-Fournon
  • Yiping Shu
  • Paloma I. Martínez-Navajas
  • Adam S. Bolton
  • And 7 others
  • External authors:
  • Christopher S. Kochanek
  • Masamune Oguri
  • Zheng Zheng
  • Shude Mao
  • Antonio D. Montero-Dorta
  • Matthew A. Cornachione
  • Joel R. Brownstein


We report the discovery of a very bright (r = 20.16), highly magnified, and yet intrinsically very luminous Lyα emitter (LAE) at . This system comprises four images in the observer plane with a maximum separation of and it is lensed by a massive early-type galaxy. It was initially identified in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Emission-Line Lens Survey for GALaxy-Lyα EmitteR sYstems survey, and follow-up imaging and spectroscopic observations using the Gran Telescopio Canarias and William Herschel Telescope confirmed the lensing nature of this system. A lens model using a singular isothermal ellipsoid in an external shear field reproduces the main features of the system quite well, yielding an Einstein radius of 2.″95 ± 0.″10, and a total magnification factor for the LAE of 8.8 ± 0.4. This LAE is one of the brightest and most luminous galaxy-galaxy strong lenses known. We present initial imaging and spectroscopy showing the basic physical and morphological properties of this lensed system.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberL18
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 10 Jan 2017