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Direct Shear Mapping: Prospects for Weak Lensing Studies of Individual Galaxy-Galaxy Lensing Systems

CO de Burgh-Day, EN Taylor, RL Webster, AM Hopkins



Using both a theoretical and an empirical approach, we have investigated the frequency of low redshift galaxy-galaxy lensing systems in which the signature of 3D weak lensing might be directly detectable. We find good agreement between these two approaches. Using data from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly redshift survey we estimate the frequency of detectable weak lensing at low redshift. We find that below a redshift of z ~ 0.6, the probability of a galaxy being weakly lensed by γ ≤0.02 is ~ 0.01. We have also investigated the feasibility of measuring the scatter in the M ∗-Mh relation using shear statistics. We estimate that for a shear measurement error of Δγ = 0.02 (consistent with the sens..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the referee for their constructive feedback. Their input into this publication has greatly improved it. This research was conducted as part of the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), through project number CE110001020. We acknowledge financial support from The University of Melbourne, and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). Special thanks goes to the members of the GAMA survey team for their advice, input and helpful discussions. GAMA is a joint European-Australasian project based around a spectroscopic campaign using the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The GAMA input catalogue is based on data taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey. Complementary imaging of the GAMA regions is being obtained by a number of independent survey programs including GALEX MIS, VST KiDS, VISTA VIKING, WISE, Herschel-ATLAS, GMRT and ASKAP providing UV to radio coverage. GAMA is funded by the STFC (UK), the ARC (Australia), the AAO, and the participating institutions. The GAMA website is Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy Office of Science. The SDSS-III website is