Published on Fri Nov 19 2021

Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS): DR1 Blended Spectra Search for Candidate Strong Gravitational Lenses

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Here, we present a catalog of blended spectra in Data Release 1 of the Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS) on the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). Of the 23197 spectra, 181 showed signs of a blend of redshifts and spectral templates. We examine these blends in detail for signs of either a candidate strong lensing galaxy or a useful overlapping galaxy pair. One of the three DEVILS target fields, COSMOS (D10) is close to complete and it is fully imaged with Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys (HST/ACS) and we visually examine the 57 blended spectra in this field in the F814W postage stamps. Nine are classical strong lensing candidates with an elliptical as the lens, out to higher redshifts than any previous search with spectroscopic surveys such as SDSS or GAMA. The gravitational lens candidate success rate similar to earlier such searches (0.1%). Strong gravitational lenses identified with blended spectroscopy have typically shown a high success rate (>70%) which make these interesting targets for future higher resolution lensing studies, monitoring for supernovae cosmography, or searches for magnified atomic hydrogen signal.

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