Gravitational lensing occurs when light from a distant object is bent as it travels to an observer, due to passing through the gravitational field of a massive object (such as a galaxy, or black hole).

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Can deformations of time-space continuum violates law of momentum conservation?

Based on Einstein’s theory of relativity a mass as property of physical objects creates deformation of time-space continuum. Therefore the light path bends in gravitational fields of massive objects. ...
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Gravitational lensing and cosmic strings

Say we have a straight cosmic string lying along the $z$-axis, with energy-momentum tensor $$T_{\mu\nu}=\mu\delta(x)\delta(y)\operatorname{diag}(1,0,0,-1)\tag{1}\label{1}$$ for some small positive ...
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What is a quasar flux ratio anomaly?

In the context of strongly lensed, multiply-imaged quasar observations, I sometimes hear about "flux ratio anomalies". What are these? Why are they important?
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Weinberg Cosmology - Weak lensing

I am trying to work through the section on weak lensing in Weinbergs Cosmology. He seams to begin from a slightly different approach to others, others seam to look straight at the potential. ...
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Is gravitational wave affected by gravitational field [duplicate]

Does gravitational wave show gravitational lensing? Does it bend around mass?
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On geometry of light's path in the Universe

Is it possible for us to see our own galaxy from different perspective, as path of light emitted from our galaxy is curved by any possible ways and travelled back to our eyes even if it take much ...
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If the earth was really massive, then is it possible that no sunlight will reach earth due to gravitational lensing?

Say the earth was really massive, that it warps space significantly then is it possible that no sunlight will reach earth due to gravitational lensing?
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Is dark matter really there? [closed]

Dark matter has been proposed to explain two phenomena - Uniform velocity curve of spiral galaxies Observed gravitational lensing. If something explains these two, would we still need dark ...
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Are gravitational waves effected by the curvature of space time (gravitational lensing)?

I have a basic question I can't seem to find anything on (I keep hearing about how gravity waves and gravitational lensing were both predicted by Einstein). We all know about the gravitational ...
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Angle of deflection in gravitational lensing

We are currently studying general relativity in school and also had a brief look at gravitational lensing. My teacher gave us the angle of deflection between the apparent location of a star and its ...
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temperature and gravitational lensing

We have a gravitational lensing because of massive body between a source and an observer. Does temperature play any role in this gravitational lensing? Our sun is both massive and hot. Is there any ...
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Gravitational Lensing Example

Can the actual size of a black hole be hidden behind by the photon sphere like this tomato wrapped underwater? Like an eye in a eyelid.
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Gravitational Lensing Diffrence between Big and Small Black Holes

Would you see more of the back holes iris in smaller black holes compared to larger ones and if so can one be big enough the photon sphere would completely cover it and it would look like distorted ...
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With gravitational lensing could we see our selves from a right angle?

When looking at a black hole the ability to see ourselves is compromised by the small window for the light trajectory to come back to us. The light from the Earth that is bent by (almost) 180° and ...
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Using a black hole as a mirror?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENd8Sz0AFOk The YouTube video is a good example how the gravity of this merging binary black holes bend light around themselves.
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See behind the black hole

Why in this video does the 2nd black hole appears to change size and appear larger the farther away it gets? How can you see behind it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENd8Sz0AFOk
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Bullet Cluster and MOND

Apparently the Bullet Cluster is some slam-dunk proof of ΛCDM. The argument seems to be that most (>90%) of the baryonic mass in these clusters is in the form of X-ray emitting gas. Therefore the ...
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Gravitational Lensing by Sagittarius A in the center of the Milky Way

It was suggested that there is a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, called Sagittarius A. The whole region is heavily obscured by dust, although some very long wavelengths can break through. ...
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Singular isothermal density distribution

Does anyone know where the Singular isothermal density distribution $$ \rho(r)=\frac{\sigma_{V}^{2}}{2\pi\,G\,r^{2}} $$ or how it was derived. Are there any good references on how this equation was ...
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How to solve the Poisson equation?

Does anyone know how the author in http://gravitationallensing.pbworks.com/w/page/15553257/Strong%20Lensing found the equation $$ \kappa(\theta)=\frac{\kappa_{0}}{2\theta} $$ after solving the ...
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Gravitational lensing on galaxy cluster with given potential

I am having a problem with gravitational lensing question where we are interested in deflection angle of light traveling in potential of galactic cluster, described with tensor ...
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Are there any experimental data for light bending angle? [duplicate]

The gravitational lensing formula is given by equation $a=4M/r$. Is there any experimental data for this equation. I am trying to plot a curve for this equation and the real experimental data and ...
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Gravitational lensing experimental data [duplicate]

Is there any experimental data for the gravitational lensing equation $$ \alpha=\frac{4M}{b} $$ where $b$ is the distance of closest approach, $M$ is the mass of the object. I tried Google but ...
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What is the future of gravitional lensing? [closed]

What do physicists expect to find or accomplish with gravitational lensing in the next 15 years? Is there a specific type of object, or a concept that they are looking for?
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How does an object such as a galaxy split the image from a more distant galaxy into two images?

I was reading a recent discussion on gravitational lensing, in which it described the bending of light from a distant galaxy as it passed a nearer galaxy to produce two images of the same distant ...
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Is Gravitational Lensing Wrong?

Could gravitational lensing be the refraction of hydrogen, helium, gases and cosmic dust? Refraction is the change in direction of propagation of a wave due to a change in its transmission medium. ...
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Is “gravitational lensing” due to momentum or curvature of space?

I'm confused about how massless particle is influenced by gravitational force. Some source point to the energy conversion to mass and vice versa so light is treated similarly, other source mentioned ...
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Do gravitational lenses work on gravitational waves?

Do gravitational lenses work on gravitational waves? Could we get an Einstein cross of gravity?
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At what rate does light 'bend' around the surface of the earth?

Since the g force of earth is 9.8 m/s*2 does that mean light 'drops' at that rate as it travels past earth? Or is general relativity a lot more complex than that?
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How much $G$ is required to bend light? [duplicate]

How much $G$ is required to bend light?. Also, please explain what happens if a powerful light beam in a vacuum is intercepted by electromagnetic fields on either sides.
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Can curvature waves in f(R) theories explain gravitational lensing in cluster collisions?

The Einstein-Hilbert action leading to Einstein's equations is $$S\sim\int R \sqrt{-g}\, {\rm d}^4 x$$ There is a class of modifications of Einstein's relativity called $f(R)$ theories of gravity ...
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Can diffraction be used like gravitational lensing [closed]

I was thinking that in both the cases of diffraction and gravitational lensing, light is bend to some extent mimicking the lens effect. My Question is, Can diffraction be used like gravitational ...
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Coulomb's Law in the presence of a strong gravitational field

I was under the impression that the $1/r^2$ falloff of various forces were because of the way the area of a expanding sphere scales. But that strict $1/r^2$ falloff would only be globally true in a ...
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Viewing a Time-Dilated Space

I'm fascinated by space and physics but not exactly well-versed in them, so I'll try to keep this question as simple as possible. Imagine a person acting as an observer in a room with two large ...
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Graviational Lensing Data

Can anyone provide me with (or point me to) real life gravitational lensing data that I can plug in to the first equation on this page (the standard lensing equation): ...
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Spiral galaxies and gravity lenses

Spiral Galaxies must have a great deal more mass than elliptical galaxies of the same size in order to account for the flat velocity curve. I've seen references of eight to ten times the visible ...
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Best Research Documentation Habit for Computational Physics Research [closed]

I am currently doing research in a subset of the field of gravitational lensing called weak lensing. I am simulating blended galaxy profiles and creating an algorithm to extract the true parameters I ...
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If MOND theory doesn't explain gravitational lensing, couldn't well placed black holes explain it?

When I first heard about star velocity as a function of its distance from the center of the galaxy and the difference between prediction and observation I immediately thought "there must be a ...
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Gravitational lens to illuminate a planet?

I've been involved in a Internet debate: Is it possible to have a special cosmic configuration consisted of multiple bodies such that a planet's surface can be lit up by light focused by ...
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Do alternate theories for Dark Matter (like MOND) explain its effect on gravitational lensing?

For a long time, I was sceptical about the evidence for dark matter. To me, it seemed like a pretty big leap to make when we have no idea whether or not our current models of gravity should apply ...
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Bending of light - photon's inertia instead of mass

Using classical mechanics, the formula for gravitational attraction is $$F = G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}.$$ This formula does not work for photons, and we need to use Einstein's theory of gravity to ...
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Does light bend in a vacuum?

I'm familiar with gravitational lensing but still I'm wondering if there is experiments (conducted here on Earth) which show that light bends due to gravity. For example mirrors setup to hold the ...
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Is it true that gravitational lensing only occurs for objects made of plasma?

The question concerns this video: It says that the Gravitational Lens effect is an illusion, meaning it's not caused by gravity but by change in density of a plasma atmosphere. It claims further ...
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How is gravitational lensing possible? [duplicate]

How is it possible that a force that affects mass (gravity) can affect massless particles like photons?
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Luminosity distance from angular diameter distance

Consider that I know the cosmological angular diameter distance at a given redshift : $$D_{A}\left(z\right)=\frac{x_{object}}{\theta_{observer}}$$ Is there a general formula to compute the ...
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Differences between strong, weak, and micro lensing distinct or subtle?

In gravitational lensing, there are three categories of lensing: strong, weak, and micro. As I understand it, strong lensing (just as the name implies) occurs when a source and a gravitational lens ...
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Trajectory of a photon around a Schwarzschild black hole?

Consider a photon coming from the infinity in a unbounded orbit to a Schwarzschild black hole (Schwarzschild radius $r_{s}$) (see this for illustration). Its impact parameter is $b$ and its distance ...
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Relation between impact parameter and distance of closest approach of a light ray in Schwarzschild Geodesics

The following wikipedia articles are incompatible : Two body problem / bending of light by gravity Schwarzschild geodesics / bending of light by gravity According to both articles, the equation ...
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Why does gravitational lensing bend light rather than absorbing it?

I've read that gravitational lensing bends the light; I am a little confused about black holes and why lensing produces different results. Black holes absorb light whereas lensing should have also ...
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Merger happening tangentially, but dark matter at both sides?

According to this news, The expectation of "unaccounted energy" comes from the fact the merger of galaxy clusters is occurring tangentially to the observers' line-of-sight. This means they are ...