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The extinction curve of the lensing galaxy of B1152+199 at z=0.44 +.

Sune Toft1, Jens Hjorth1 and Ingunn Burud2

1 Astronomical Observatory, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
2 Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, Avenue de Cointe 5, 4000 Liège, Belgium

+ Nordic Optical Telescope is operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.


     We present UBVRIz' photometry of the gravitational lens candidate CLASS B1152+119 obtained with the Nordic Optical Telescope. The two QSO components are resolved in the B, V, R, I and z' bands confirming the lensing nature of the system. The z=0.44 lens galaxy is clearly detected in B, R, I and z' and its position is found to be almost coincident with the faint QSO image which is heavily extincted (relative to the brighter QSO image) by dust in the lens galaxy. The extinction curve of the lens galaxy derived from the relative photometry is well fitted by a Galactic extinction law with 1.3 R_V 2.0 and E(B-V) 1. From a simple model of the system we predict a time delay of ~60 days.

Key Words

quasars: individual: B1152+199 - galaxies: ISM-ISM: dust, extinction - ISM: evolution - gravitational lensing.

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