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A New Type of Ambiguity in the Planet and Binary Interpretations of Central Perturbations of High- magnification Gravitational Microlensing Events


Choi, J.Y.; ...; Dominis Prester, Dijana; ...; Zub, M.
A New Type of Ambiguity in the Planet and Binary Interpretations of Central Perturbations of High- magnification Gravitational Microlensing Events // The Astrophysical journal, 756 (2012), 1; 48-1 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/756/1/48 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
A New Type of Ambiguity in the Planet and Binary Interpretations of Central Perturbations of High- magnification Gravitational Microlensing Events

Autori
Choi, J.Y. ; ... ; Dominis Prester, Dijana ; ... ; Zub, M.

Izvornik
The Astrophysical journal (0004-637X) 756 (2012), 1; 48-1

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Galaxy: bulge; gravitational lensing: micro

Sažetak
High-magnification microlensing events provide an important channel to detect planets. Perturbations near the peak of a high-magnification event can be produced either by a planet or a binary companion. It is known that central perturbations induced by both types of companions can be generally distinguished due to the essentially different magnification pattern around caustics. In this paper, we present a case of central perturbations for which it is difficult to distinguish the planetary and binary interpretations. The peak of a lensing light curve affected by this perturbation appears to be blunt and flat. For a planetary case, this perturbation occurs when the source trajectory passes the negative perturbation region behind the back end of an arrowhead-shaped central caustic. For a binary case, a similar perturbation occurs for a source trajectory passing through the negative perturbation region between two cusps of an astroid-shaped caustic. We demonstrate the degeneracy for two high- magnification events of OGLE-2011-BLG-0526 and OGLE-2011-BLG-0950/MOA-2011-BLG-336. For OGLE- 2011-BLG-0526, the χ2 difference between the planetary and binary model is ~3, implying that the degeneracy is very severe. For OGLE-2011-BLG- 0950/MOA-2011-BLG-336, the stellar binary model is formally excluded with Δχ2 ~ 105 and the planetary model is preferred. However, it is difficult to claim a planet discovery because systematic residuals of data from the planetary model are larger than the difference between the planetary and binary models. Considering that two events observed during a single season suffer from such a degeneracy, it is expected that central perturbations experiencing this type of degeneracy is common.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Fizika

Napomena
The OGLE Collaboration ; The MOA Collaboration ; The RoboNet Collaboration ; The MiNDSTEp Consortium ; The µFUN Collaboration ; The PLANET Collaboration.



POVEZANOST RADA


Projekt / tema
316-0000000-2824 - Dijagnostika i fizička svojstva cirkumstelarne tvari (Dubravka Kotnik-Karuza, )

Ustanove
Sveučilište u Rijeci - Odjel za fiziku

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Dijana Dominis Prester, (241452)

Časopis indeksira:


  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus


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