Calchi Novati

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Title / Titel Microlensing towards LMC and M31
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The nature and the location of the lenses discovered in the microlensing surveys done so far towards the LMC remain unclear. Motivated by these questions we computed the optical depth for the different intervening populations and the number of expected events for self-lensing, using a recently drawn coherent picture of the geometrical structure and dynamics of the LMC. By comparing the theoretical quantities with the values of the observed events it is possible to put some constraints on the location and the nature of the MACHOs. Clearly, given the large uncertainties and the few events at disposal it is not yet possible to draw sharp conclusions, nevertheless we find that up to 3-4 MACHO events might be due to lenses in LMC, which are most probably low mass stars, but that hardly all events can be due to self-lensing. The most plausible solution is that the events observed so far are due to lenses belonging to different intervening populations: low mass stars in the LMC, in the thick disk, in the spheroid and some true MACHOs in the halo of the Milky Way and the LMC itself. We report also on recent results of the SLOTT-AGAPE and POINT-AGAPE collaborations on a search for microlensing events in direction of the Andromeda galaxy, by using the pixel method. The detection of 4 microlensing events, some likely to be due to self--lensing, is discussed. One microlensing light curve is shown to be compatible with a binary lens. The present analysis still does not allow us to draw conclusions on the MACHO content of the M31 galaxy.
Publications / Publikationen World Scientific, Singapore, 2005 p. 177
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Sebastiano Calchi Novati (Project Leader)  
Prof. Dr. Philippe Jetzer  
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career), Foundation
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jul 2004 to Sep 2005