We report the discovery of a new gravitationally lensed quasar from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, SDSS J090334.92+502819.2. This object was targeted for SDSS spectroscopy as a luminous red galaxy, but manual examination of the spectrum showed the presence of a quasar at z ≃ 3.6 in addition to a red galaxy at z = 0.388, and the SDSS image showed a second possible quasar image nearby. Follow-up imaging and spectroscopy confirmed the lensing hypothesis. In images taken at the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5 m telescope, two quasars are separated by 2.″8; the lensing galaxy is clearly seen and is blended with one of the quasar images. Spectroscopy taken at the Keck II telescope shows that the quasars have identical red-shifts of z ≃ 3.6, and both show the presence of the same broad absorption line-like troughs. We present simple lens models that account for the geometry and magnifications. The lens galaxy lies near two groups of galaxies and may be a part of them. The models suggest that the groups may contribute considerable shear that has a strong effect on the lens configuration.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science
- Gravitational lensing
- Quasars: individual (SDSS J090334.92+502819.2)