We present narrowband images of the gravitational lens system Q 2237 + 0305 made with the Nordic Optical Telescope in eight different filters covering the wavelength interval 3510-8130 Å. Using point-spread function photometry fitting we have derived the difference in magnitude versus wavelength between the four images of Q 2237 + 0305. At λ = 4110 Å, the wavelength range covered by the Strömgren-v filter coincides with the position and width of the C IV emission line. This allows us to determine the existence of microlensing in the continuum and not in the emission lines for two images of the quasar. Moreover, the brightness of image A shows a significant variation with wavelength which can only be explained as a consequence of chromatic microlensing. To perform a complete analysis of this chromatic event, our observations were used together with Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment light curves. Both data sets cannot be reproduced by the simple phenomenology described under the caustic crossing approximation; using more realistic representations of microlensing at high optical depth, we found solutions consistent with simple thin disk models (rs vprop λ4/3) however, other accretion disk size-wavelength relationships also lead to good solutions. New chromatic events from the ongoing narrowband photometric monitoring of Q 2237 + 0305 are needed to accurately constrain the physical properties of the accretion disk for this system.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- February 2009
- accretion disks;
- gravitational lensing;
- quasars: individual: Q 2237 + 0305;
- 9 pages, 9 figures, 2 tables. Matches ApJ published version. Some references added