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New results from the gravitational lensing of galaxies

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dc.contributor.advisor Saul Rappaport. en_US Schwab, Josiah (Josiah W.) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US 2010-02-09T16:47:35Z 2010-02-09T16:47:35Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-65). en_US
dc.description.abstract We use a sample of 53 elliptical galaxies which are lensing background emission-line galaxies and have been observed by the SLACS collaboration using HST and SDSS to place constraints on the post-Newtonian parameter 7 and the cosmological parameter A. We find y = 1.00 ± 0.04 on kiloparsec scales, consistent with the predictions of general relativity. Assuming a flat universe, we constrain QA = 0.72 ± 0.15, in agreement with results from other independent techniques and strongly excluding h = 0. We also use these lenses as a probe of galactic dynamics, finding constraints which are consistent with those obtained via other methods. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Josiah Schwab. en_US
dc.format.extent 65 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Physics. en_US
dc.title New results from the gravitational lensing of galaxies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 495190238 en_US

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