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2006MNRAS.365..792R - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 365, 792-800 (2006/January-3)

Interferometric visibility and closure phase of microlensing events with finite source size.


Abstract (from CDS):

Interferometers from the ground and space will be able to resolve the two images in a microlensing event. This will at least partially lift the inherent degeneracy between physical parameters in microlensing events. To increase the signal-to-noise ratio, intrinsically bright events with large magnifications will be preferentially selected as targets. These events may be influenced by finite source size effects both photometrically and astrometrically. Using observed finite source size events as examples, we show that the fringe visibility can be affected by ∼5-10 per cent, and the closure phase by a few degrees - readily detectable by ground and space interferometers. Such detections will offer unique information about the lens-source trajectory relative to the baseline of the interferometers. Combined with photometric finite source size effects, interferometry offers a way to measure the angular sizes of the source and the Einstein radius accurately. Limb-darkening changes the visibility by a small amount compared with a source with uniform surface brightness, marginally detectable with ground-based instruments. We discuss the implications of our results for the plans to make interferometric observations of future microlensing events.

Abstract Copyright: 2005 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2005 RAS

Journal keyword(s): gravitational lensing - instrumentation: interferometers - stars: fundamental parameters - Galaxy: bulge

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