The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) automatically targeted as a quasar candidate the recently discovered, gravitationally lensed, extremely reddened z = 2.2 quasar PMN 0134-0931. The SDSS spectrum exhibits Ca II absorption at z = 0.76451, which we identify as the redshift of a lensing galaxy. Hubble Space Telescope imaging shows that components C, D, and E of the system are significantly redder than components A or B and detects faint galaxy emission between D and A+B. The redshift of the dust responsible for the reddening remains unconstrained with current data. However, we outline a model wherein lensing and differential reddening by a z = 0.76451 galaxy pair can entirely explain this system.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science