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Singularities of the One- and Two-point Mass Gravitational Lens

H. Witt
A. Petters
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Journal of Mathematical Physics
Year: 1993
Volume: 34
Issue: 9
Page range: 4093-4111

A detailed study of when a change in the number of caustics and cusps occurs for one- and two-point mass gravitational lens lying on a single plane with continuously distributed matter and an external shear are presented herein. The equations for the positions of the cusps generated by such lens systems are investigated in detail. This method is based on a new approach using complex quantities and applies recent results on cusp counting.

*Science > Physics > Astrophysics
*Science > Physics > Relativity Theory