Microlensing variability in the gravitationally lensed quasar QSO 2237+0305 equivalent to the Einstein Cross II. Energy profile of the accretion disk
We present the continuation of our long-term spectroscopic monitoring of the gravitationally lensed quasar QSO 2237 + 0305. We investigate the chromatic variations observed in the UV/optical continuum of both quasar images A and B, and compare them with numerical simulations to infer the energy profile of the quasar accretion disk. Our procedure combines the microlensing ray-shooting technique with Bayesian analysis, and derives probability distributions for the source sizes as a function of wavelength. We find that the effective caustic crossing timescale is 4.0 +/- 1.0 months. Using a robust prior on the effective transverse velocity, we find that the source responsible for the UV/optical continuum has an energy profile well reproduced by a power-law R proportional to lambda(zeta) with zeta = 1.2 +/- 0.3, where R is the source size responsible for the emission at wavelength.. This is the first accurate, model-independent determination of the energy profile of a quasar accretion disk on such small scales.
Keywords: gravitational lensing ; quasars: individual: QSO 2237+0305 ; accretion, accretion disks ; Light Curves ; Probability-Distributions ; Lensing Experiment ; Mass Function ; Random Motion ; X-Ray ; Q2237+0305 ; Qso-2237+0305 ; Velocity ; Models
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