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Title: Using astrometry to deblend microlensing events
Authors: Goldberg, David
Keywords: Methods: Data Analysis;Gravitational Lensing
Issue Date: 19-Aug-1997
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
Citation: The Astrophysical Journal. 498, pp. 156.
Abstract: We discuss the prospect of deblending microlensing events by observing astrometric shifts of the lensed stars. Since microlensing searches are generally performed in very crowded fields, it is expected that stars will be confusion limited rather than limited by photon statistics. By performing simulations of events in crowded fields, we find that if we assume a dark lens and that the lensed star obeys a power law luminosity function, n(L) ∝ L− , over half the simulated events show a measurable astrometric shift. Our simulations included 20000 stars in a 256 × 256 Nyquist sampled CCD frame. For = 2, we found that 58% of the events were significantly blended (F∗/Ftot ≤ 0.9), and of those, 73% had a large astrometric shift (≥ 0.5 pixels). Likewise, for = 3, we found that 85% of the events were significantly blended, and that 85% of those had large shifts. Moreover, the shift is weakly correlated to the degree of blending, suggesting that it may be possible not only to detect the existence of a blend, but also to deblend events statistically using shift information.
URI: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9708172v1
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