HST strong-lensing model for the first JWST galaxy cluster SMACS J0723.3-7327

Miriam Golubchik, Lukas J. Furtak, Ashish K. Meena, Adi Zitrin

Submitted on 11 July 2022


On 2022 July 8, NASA shareda the list of five public showcase targets which have been observed with the new \textit{James Webb Space Telescope} (JWST), and whose data are expected to be released to the public around Tuesday, July 12. One of these targets is the galaxy cluster SMACS~J0723.3-7327 which acts as a gravitational lens and was recently imaged with the \textit{Hubble Space Telescope} in the framework of the \textit{Reionization Lensing Cluster Survey} program (RELICS). To facilitate studies by the community with the upcoming JWST data, we publish here a lens model for SMACS0723 -- including mass-density and magnification maps. We identify in the HST imaging five multiple-image families for three of which membership and redshift are secured by public spectroscopic data. For the remaining two systems we rely on robust photometric redshift estimates. We use here the \texttt{Light-Traces-Mass} lens modeling method, which complements the parametric models already available on the RELICS website and elsewhere, and thus helps span a representative range of solutions. The new models published here can be accessed via a link given belowb. It will be interesting to examine by how much and which properties of the mass models change, and improve, when JWST data are incorporated.


Comment: 9 pages; 6 figures; 1 table; to be submitted; comments welcome.\\ a)\\ b)

Subject: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics