aim of this project was to obtain and use a knowledge of gravitational
lensing to develop a computer model to simulate lensing effects on distant
sources. Each stage of the computer model development is covered in the
report*, from initial ideas, through to testing the model using some of
the latest gravitational lens observations.
It is my belief
that this project has succeeded not only in producing a working simulation
of a point mass gravitational lens system, but also in providing a challenge.
There is great satisfaction to be gained from creating a computer program
from scratch, and developing it into a working model, which can not only
simulate basic lens theory, but can also reproduce the lensing effects
of an, approximated, observed system.
It is hoped this
computer model can help others to understand the theory and observations
of gravitational lensing. Used as part of a lecture course, this program
may help to convey basic principles which might otherwise be difficult
"Gravitational Lensing of Distant
Sources - A Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the Bachelor of Science
Honours Degree in Astrophysics", 1998