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Further Evidence That Quasar X-Ray Emitting Regions Are Compact: X-Ray And Optical Microlensing In The Lensed Quasar Q J0158-4325

We present four new seasons of optical monitoring data and six epochs of X-ray photometry for the doubly imaged lensed quasar Q J0158-4325. The high-amplitude, short-period microlensing variability for which this system is known has historically precluded a time delay measurement by conventional methods. We attempt to circumvent this limitation by the application of a Monte Carlo microlensing analysis technique, but we are only able to prove that the delay must have the expected sign (image A leads image B). Despite our failure to robustly measure the time delay, we successfully model the microlensing at optical and X-ray wavelengths to find a half-light radius for soft X-ray emission log(r(1/2), (X), (soft)/cm) = 14.3(-0.5)(+0.4), an upper limit on the half-light radius for hard X-ray emission log(r(1/2), (X), (hard)/cm) <= 14.6, and a refined estimate of the inclination-corrected scale radius of the optical R-band (rest frame 3100 angstrom) continuum emission region of log(r(s)/cm) = 15.6 +/- 0.3.


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