A centroid-based modelling approach to lens inversion for gravitationally lensed systems

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Benjamen Smith
Emery Dlugan


In this research, we propose a novel method for determining the coordinate of a gravitational lens in systems where the lens has not yet been directly observed. Our technique uses image processing software to locate the optical centroid of strongly lensed systems and then applies a geometric analysis to derive the coordinates of the lens from the coordinates of the centroid and the arrangement of the lensed images. We demonstrate this method on gravitationally lensed quasar systems in which the lens has been observed to empirically validate our model, and then apply it to the GraL group's list of lensing candidates derived from Gaia DR2 to propose lens coordinates in these candidate systems.