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The CFHTLS-Strong Lensing Legacy Survey (SL2S): Investigating the group-scale lenses with the SARCS sample
Anupreeta More, Remi Cabanac 1, Surhud More, Christophe Alard 2, Marceau Limousin 3, Jean-Paul Kneib 3, Raphael Gavazzi 2, Veronica Motta

We present the Strong Lensing Legacy Survey - ARCS (SARCS) sample compiled from the final T0006 data release of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS) covering a total non-overlapping area of 159 sq.deg. We adopt a semi-automatic method to find gravitational arcs in the survey that makes use of an arc-finding algorithm. The candidate list is pruned by visual inspection and ranking to form the SARCS sample. This list also includes some serendipitously discovered lens candidates. The SARCS sample consists of 127 lens candidates which span arc radii~2"-18" within the unmasked area of ~ 150 sq. deg. Within the sample, 54 systems are promising lenses amongst which, we find 12 giant arcs and 2 radial arc candidates. From our sample, we detect a systematic alignment of giant arcs with the ellipticity of the baryonic component of the lens in concordance with previous studies. The lens redshift distribution corresponding to both the giant arcs and all arcs, estimated from photometric catalogs, peaks at z~0.6. Owing to the large area and depth of the CFHTLS, we find the largest lens sample probing group-scales for the first time. We compare the observed image separation distribution (ISD) of our arcs with theoretical models. A two-component density profile for the lenses which accounts for both the central galaxy and dark matter component is required by the data to explain the observed ISD. Unfortunately, current levels of uncertainties and degeneracies accommodate models both with and without adiabatic contraction. We also show the effects of changing parameters of the model that predict the ISD and that a larger lens sample might constrain relations such as the concentration-mass relation, mass-luminosity relation and slope of the luminosity function. (abridged)
1 :  Institut de recherche en astrophysique et planétologie (IRAP)
CNRS : UMR5277 – Université Paul Sabatier (UPS) - Toulouse III – Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées
2 :  Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP)
CNRS : UMR7095 – INSU – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) - Paris VI
3 :  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)
CNRS : UMR7326 – INSU – Aix Marseille Université
Physique/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique

Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Cosmologie et astrophysique extra-galactique
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