Relics: High-resolution constraints on the inner mass distribution of the z=0.83 merging cluster RXJ0152.7-1357 from strong lensing

Ana Acebron, May Alon, Adi Zitrin, Guillaume Mahler, Dan Coe, Keren Sharon, Nathália Cibirka, Maruša Bradač, Michele Trenti, Keiichi Umetsu, Felipe Andrade-Santos, Roberto J. Avila, Larry Bradley, Daniela Carrasco, Catherine Cerny, Nicole G. Czakon, William A. Dawson, Brenda Frye, Austin T. Hoag, Kuang Han HuangTraci L. Johnson, Christine Jones, Shotaro Kikuchihara, Daniel Lam, Rachael C. Livermore, Lorenzo Lovisari, Ramesh Mainali, Pascal A. Oesch, Sara Ogaz, Masami Ouchi, Matthew Past, Rachel Paterno-Mahler, Avery Peterson, Russell E. Ryan, Brett Salmon, Irene Sendra-Server, Daniel P. Stark, Victoria Strait, Sune Toft, Benedetta Vulcani

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Strong gravitational lensing (SL) is a powerful means to map the distribution of dark matter. In this work, we perform a SL analysis of the prominent X-ray cluster RXJ0152.7-1357 (z=0.83, also known as CL 0152.7-1357) in Hubble Space Telescope images, taken in the framework of the Reionization Lensing Cluster Survey (RELICS). On top of a previously known z = 3.93 galaxy multiply imaged by RXJ0152.7-1357, for which we identify an additional multiple image, guided by a light-traces-mass approach we identify seven new sets of multiply imaged background sources lensed by this cluster, spanning the redshift range [1.79-3.93]. A total of 25 multiple images are seen over a small area of ∼ 0.4 arcmin2, allowing us to put relatively highresolution constraints on the inner matter distribution. Although modestly massive, the high degree of substructure together with its very elongated shape make RXJ0152.7-1357 a very efficient lens for its size. This cluster also comprises the third-largest sample of z ∼ 6−7 candidates in the RELICS survey. Finally, we present a comparison of our resulting mass distribution and magnification estimates with those from a Lenstool model. These models are made publicly available through the MAST archive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Oct 18 2018


  • CL 0152.7-1357)
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Gravitational lensing: strong
  • Subject headings: galaxies: clusters: individual (RXJ0152.7-1357

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Relics: High-resolution constraints on the inner mass distribution of the z=0.83 merging cluster RXJ0152.7-1357 from strong lensing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this