The measurement of the integrated optical polarization of weakly gravitationally lensed galaxies can provide considerable constraints on lens models. The method outlined depends on the fact that the orientation of the direction of optical polarization is not affected by weak gravitational lensing. The angle between the semi-major axis of the imaged galaxy and the direction of integrated optical polarization thus informs one of the distortion produced by the gravitational lensing. Although the method depends on the polarimetric measurement of faint galaxies, large telescopes and improved techniques should make such measurements possible in the near future.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- February 1999
- COSMOLOGY: THEORY;
- DARK MATTER;
- GRAVITATIONAL LENSING;
- 13 pages, 11 figures, uses mnras style file. Accepted for publication in MNRAS