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A Taxonomy for the Configurations of Quadruply Lensed Quasars

  title={A Taxonomy for the Configurations of Quadruply Lensed Quasars},
  author={Paul L. Schechter},
A simple, novice-friendly scheme for classifying the image configurations of quadruply lensed quasars is proposed. With only six classes, it is intentionally coarse-grained. Readers are invited to test drive the scheme on a sample of 12 quadruply lensed quasar systems. The taxonomy is effectively 2+1 dimensional in that the angular configuration of the images couples only weakly to the non-circularity of the configuration. The scheme can be extended to systems for which the lensing galaxy is… 

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