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2004ApJ...611..528G - Astrophys. J., 611, 528-536 (2004/August-2)

The many possible interpretations of microlensing event OGLE 2002-BLG-055.


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Microlensing event OGLE 2002-BLG-055 is characterized by a smooth, slightly asymmetric single-lens curve with an isolated, secure data point that is ∼0.6 mag brighter than neighboring points separated by a few days. It was previously suggested that the single deviant data point and global asymmetry were best explained by a planetary companion to the primary lens with mass ratio q=10–3 to 10–2 and by parallax effects induced by the motion of the Earth. We revisit the interpretation of OGLE 2002-BLG-055 and show that the data can be explained by a wide variety of models. We find that the deviant data point can be fitted by a large number of qualitatively different binary-lens models whose mass ratios range, at the ∼3 σ level, from q≃10–4 to ≃10–1. This range is consistent with a planet, brown dwarf, or M dwarf companion for reasonable primary masses of M≳0.8 M. A subset of these binary-lens fits consists of a family of continuously degenerate models whose mass ratios differ by an order of magnitude, but whose light curves differ by ≲2% for the majority of the perturbation. The deviant data point can also be explained by a binary companion to the source, with a secondary/primary flux ratio of ∼1%. This model has the added appeal that the global asymmetry is naturally explained by the acceleration of the primary induced by the secondary. The binary-source model yields a measurement of the Einstein ring radius projected onto the source plane of r{d4}E=1.87±0.40AU. OGLE 2002-BLG-055 is an extreme example that illustrates the difficulties and degeneracies inherent in the interpretation of weakly perturbed and/or poorly sampled microlensing light curves.

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Journal keyword(s): Cosmology: Gravitational Lensing - Stars: Planetary Systems

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