Gravitational lensing in LoTSS DR2: Extremely faint 144-MHz radio emission from two highly magnified quasars

J. P. McKean, R. Luichies, A. Drabent, G. Gürkan, P. Hartley, A. Lafontaine, I. Prandoni, H. J. A. Röttgering, T. W. Shimwell, H. R. Stacey, C. Tasse

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We report extremely faint 144 MHz radio emission from two gravitationally lensed quasars, SDSS J1004+4112 (z = 1.730) and SDSS J2222+2745 (z = 2.803), using the LOFAR Two Metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) data release 2. After correcting for the lensing magnifications, the two objects have intrinsic flux-densities of 13 ± 2 and 58 ± 6 μJy, respectively, corresponding to 144 MHz rest-frame luminosities of 1023.2 ± 0.2 and 1024.42 ± 0.05 W Hz-1, respectively. In the case of SDSS J1004+4112, the intrinsic flux density is close to the confusion limit of LoTSS, making this radio source the faintest to be detected thus far at low frequencies, and the lowest luminosity known at z ≳ 0.65. Under the assumption that all of the radio emission is due to star-formation processes, the quasar host galaxies are predicted to have star-formation rates of $5.5^{+1.8}_{-1.4}$ and $73^{+34}_{-22}$ M yr-1, respectively. Further multiwavelength observations at higher angular resolution will be needed to determine if any of the detected radio emission is due to weak jets associated with the quasars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L36-L40
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jul-2021


  • gravitational lensing: strong
  • quasars: individual: SDSS J1004+4112
  • quasars: individual: SDSS J2222+2745
  • Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies

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