A Taxonomy for the Configurations of Quadruply Lensed Quasars

  title={A Taxonomy for the Configurations of Quadruply Lensed Quasars},
  author={Paul L. Schechter},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  • P. Schechter
  • Published 23 May 2022
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
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. It focuses on the kitelikeness and circularity of these configurations, or the absence thereof. Other features are deliberately ignored, their importance to professional astronomers notwithstanding. Readers are invited to test drive the scheme on a sample of 12 quadruply lensed quasar systems. The theoretical underpinnings… 



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