2022A&A...666L..16J


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2022A&A...666L..16J - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 666, L16 (2022/10-1)

A possible nearby microlensing stellar remnant hiding in Gaia DR3 astrometry.

JABLONSKA M., WYRZYKOWSKI L., RYBICKI K.A., KRUSZYNSKA K., KACZMAREK Z. and PENOYRE Z.

Abstract (from CDS):

Massive galactic lenses with large Einstein Radii should cause a measurable astrometric microlensing effect, that is, a light centroid shift due to the motion of the two images. Such a shift in the position of a background star due to microlensing was not included in the Gaia astrometric model, and therefore significant deviation should cause Gaia's astrometric parameters to be determined incorrectly. Here we study one of the photometric microlensing events reported in the Gaia Data Release 3, GaiaDR3-ULENS-001, for which a poor goodness of Gaia fit and erroneous parallax could indicate the presence of an astrometric microlensing signal. Based on the photometric microlensing model, we simulated Gaia astrometric time series with the astrometric microlensing effect added. We find that including microlensing with an angular Einstein radius of $ \theta_{\mathrm{E}} = 2.60^{+0.21}_{-0.24} $ mas ($ 2.47^{+0.28}_{-0.24} $ mas) assuming a positive (negative) impact parameter, u0, reproduces the astrometric quantities reported by Gaia well. We estimate the mass of the lens to be $ 1.00^{+0.23}_{-0.18}\,M_\odot $ ($ 0.70^{+0.17}_{-0.13}\,M_\odot $) and its distance $ 0.90^{+0.14}_{-0.11} $ kpc ($ 0.69^{+0.13}_{-0.09} $ kpc), proposing the lens could be a nearby isolated white dwarf.

Abstract Copyright: © M. Jabłońska et al. 2022

Journal keyword(s): astrometry - gravitational lensing: micro

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
#notes
1 Gaia DR3 6059400613544951552 * 12 17 44.7183089402 -59 01 45.911091026           ~ 2 0
2 NAME Galactic Bulge reg ~ ~           ~ 4309 0

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