Gravitational Lensing

A Universal Astrophysical Tool
  • Joachim Wambsganss


In the roughly 20 years of its existence as an observational science, gravitational lensinghas established itself as a valuable tool in many astrophysical fields. In the introduction of this reviewwe briefly present the basics of lensing. Then it is shown that the two propagation effects, lensing andscintillation, have a number of properties in common. In the main part various lensing phenomenaare discussed with emphasis on recent observations.


Total Magnification Lensing Effect Angular Diameter Distance Einstein Radius Interstellar Scintillation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Wambsganss
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität PotsdamInstitut für PhysikPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für GravitationsphysikGolmGermany

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