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Title: A Mock Catalog of Gravitationally-lensed Quasars for the LSST Survey

We present a mock catalog of gravitationally-lensed quasars atzqso< 7.5 with simulated images for the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). We adopt recent measurements of quasar-luminosity functions to model the quasar population, and use the CosmoDC2 mock galaxy catalog to model the deflector galaxies, which successfully reproduces the observed galaxy-velocity dispersion functions up tozd∼ 1.5. The mock catalog is highly complete for lensed quasars with Einstein radiusθE> 0.″07 and quasar absolute magnitudeMi< − 20. We estimate that there are ∼103lensed quasars discoverable in current imaging surveys, and LSST will increase this number to ∼ 2.4 × 103. Most of the lensed quasars have image separation Δθ> 0.″5, which will at least be marginally resolved in LSST images with seeing of ∼0.″7. There will be ∼200 quadruply-lensed quasars discoverable in the LSST. The fraction of quad lenses among all discoverable lensed quasars is about ∼10%–15%, and this fraction decreases with survey depth. This mock catalog shows a large diversity in the observational features of lensed quasars, in terms of lensing separation and quasar-to-deflector flux ratio. We discuss possible strategies for a complete search of lensed quasars in the LSST era.

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Article No. 139
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