CLASH: z∼ 6 young galaxy candidate quintuply lensed by the frontier field cluster RXC J2248. 7- 4431 Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a quintuply lensed z ∼ 6 candidate discovered in the field of the galaxy cluster RXC J2248.7−4431 (z ∼ 0.348) targeted within the Cluster Lensing and Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH) and selected in the deep Hubble Space Telescope (HST) frontier fields survey. Thanks to the CLASH 16-band HST imaging, we identify the quintuply lensed z ∼ 6 candidate as an optical dropout in the inner region of the cluster, the brightest image having mag_(AB) = 24.8 ± 0.1 in the f105w filter. We perform a detailed photometric analysis to verify its high-z and lensed nature. We get as photometric redshift z_(ph) ∼ 5.9, and given the extended nature and NIR colours of the lensed images, we rule out low-z early-type and galactic star contaminants. We perform a strong lensing analysis of the cluster, using 13 families of multiple lensed images identified in the HST images. Our final best model predicts the high-z quintuply lensed system with a position accuracy of 0.8 arcsec. The magnifications of the five images are between 2.2 and 8.3, which leads to a delensed UV luminosity of L_(1600)∼0.5L^∗_(1600) at z = 6. We also estimate the UV slope from the observed NIR colours, finding a steep β = −2.89 ± 0.38. We use singular and composite stellar population SEDs to fit the photometry of the high-z candidate, and we conclude that it is a young (age <300 Myr) galaxy with mass of M ∼ 10^8 M_⊙, subsolar metallicity (Z < 0.2 Z_⊙) and low dust content (A_V ∼ 0.2–0.4).


publication date

  • January 1, 2014