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Session 83 - Gravitational Lensing.
Display session, Friday, January 09
Weak distortions of background galaxies are rapidly emerging as a powerful tool for the measurement of galaxy cluster mass distributions. Lensing based studies have the advantage of being direct measurements of mass and are not model-dependent as are other techniques (X-ray, radial velocities). To date studies have been limited by CCD field size meaning that full coverage of the clusters out to the virial radii and beyond has not been possible. Probing this large radius region is essential for testing models of large scale structure formation.
New wide field CCD mosaics, for the first time, allow mass measurements out to very large radius. We have obtained images for a sample of clusters with the ``Big Throughput Camera'' (BTC) on the CTIO 4m. This camera comprises four thinned SITE 2048^2 CCDs, each 15\arcmin on a side for a total area of one quarter of a square degree. We have developed an automated reduction pipeline which: 1) corrects for spatial distortions, 2) corrects for PSF anisotropy, 3) determines relative scaling and background levels, and 4) combines multiple exposures.
In this poster we will present some preliminary results of our cluster lensing study. This will include radial mass and light profiles and 2-d mass and galaxy density maps.
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