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1 Gravitational lensing as folds in the sky

By Silvia Mollerach, Esteban Roulet and La Plata

Abstract

We revisit the gravitational lensing phenomenon using a new visualization technique. It consists in projecting the observers sky into the source plane, what gives rise to a folded and stretched surface. This provides a clear graphical tool to visualize some interesting well-known effects, such as the development of multiple images of a source, the structure of the caustic curves, the parity of the images and their magnification as a function of the source position.

Year: 2008
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