The aim of this contribution is to present the two first phases of the optical monitoring programme of the Gravitational Lenses group at the Universidad de Cantabria (GLUC, http://grupos.unican.es/glendama/). In an initial stage (2003 March-June), the Estacion de Observacion de Calar Alto (EOCA) was used to obtain VR frames of SBS 0909+532 and QSO 0957+561. These observations in 2003 led to accurate fluxes of the two components of both double QSOs, which are being compared and complemented with data from other 1-1.5 m telescopes located in the North Hemisphere: Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (USA), Maidanak Observatory (Uzbekistan) and Wise Observatory (Israel). On the other hand, the GLUC started the second phase of its monitoring programme in 2005 January. In this second phase, they are using the 2 m fully robotic Liverpool Telescope (LT). The key idea is the two-band photometric follow-up of four lensed QSOs with different main lensing galaxies: SBS 0909+532 (elliptical), QSO 0957+561 (giant cD), B1600+434 (edge-on spiral) and QSO 2237+0305 (face-on spiral). Thus, the light rays associated with the components of the four gravitational mirages cross different galaxy environments, and the corresponding light curves could unveil the content of these environments. While SBS 0909+532 and QSO 0957+561 are the targets for the two first years with the LT (2005-2006), the rest of targets (B1600+434 and QSO 2237+0305) will be monitored starting from 2007.
- Pub Date:
- September 2006
- To appear in "Highlights of Spanish Astrophysics IV" (Springer, eds. F. Figueras, J.M. Girart, M. Hernanz, C. Jordi). Proceedings of the VII Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA), held in Barcelona, September 12-15, 2006