[ascl:1102.007]
PixeLens: A Portable Modeler of Lensed Quasars

We introduce and implement two novel ideas for modeling lensed quasars. The first is to require different lenses to agree about H_{0}. This means that some models for one lens can be ruled out by data on a different lens. We explain using two worked examples. One example models 1115+080 and 1608+656 (time-delay quadruple systems) and 1933+503 (a prospective time-delay system) all together, yielding time-delay predictions for the third lens and a 90% confidence estimate of H_{0}^{-1}=14.6+9.4-1.7 Gyr (H_{0}=67+9-26 km s^{-1} Mpc^{-1}) assuming ΩM=0.3 and Ω_{Λ}=0.7. The other example models the time-delay doubles 1520+530, 1600+434, 1830-211, and 2149-275, which gives H_{0}^{-1}=14.5+3.3-1.5 Gyr (H_{0}=67+8-13 km s^{-1} Mpc^{-1}). Our second idea is to write the modeling software as a highly interactive Java applet, which can be used both for coarse-grained results inside a browser and for fine-grained results on a workstation. Several obstacles come up in trying to implement a numerically intensive method thus, but we overcome them.

- Code site:
- https://www.physik.uzh.ch/~psaha/lens/pixelens.php
- Used in:
- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008ApJ...679...17C
- Described in:
- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004AJ....127.2604S

- Bibcode:
- 2011ascl.soft02007S

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