Using strong gravitational lensing to zoom in on high-redshift galaxies
February 17, 2022
May 24, 2022
The centres of galaxies are powerful laboratories to test the current $\Lambda$CDM model for structure formation and evolution. While these sub-galactic scales can be directly investigated in the local Universe, it is observationally extremely difficult to access them at high redshift. The combination of strong gravitational lensing and VLBI observations allows us to access these scales to study both the baryonic and the dark matter distribution at the largest distances. For example, it becomes possible to unveil complex mass density distribution of lensing galaxies, faint cold molecular gas reservoirs, offset and binary AGN candidates at $z>1$. Currently, these detailed studies are limited by the small number of known radio-loud lensed sources. Wide-field VLBI observations may provide a viable way to search for many more radio-loud systems and test strategies in preparation for the future surveys with the next generation of interferometers.
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