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2004ApJS..154..266N - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 154, 266-270 (2004/September-0)

Spitzer Space Telescope observations of the aftermath of microlensing event MACHO-LMC-5.

NGUYEN H.T., KALLIVAYALIL N., WERNER M.W., ALCOCK C., PATTEN B.M. and STERN D.

Abstract (from CDS):

We have carried out photometry of the microlensing event MACHO-LMC-5 with Spitzer Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) 10 years after the magnification of the LMC source star was recorded. This event is unique in the annals of gravitational microlensing: the lensing star itself has been observed using the Hubble Space Telescope (once with WFPC2 and twice with ACS/HRC). Since the separation between the source and lens at the epoch of the Spitzer observations was ∼0".24, the two stars cannot be resolved in the Spitzer images. However, the IRAC photometry clearly establishes that the lens is an M5 dwarf star from its infrared excess, which in turn yields a mass of ∼0.2 M. This demonstrates the potential of Spitzer to detect the lenses in other gravitational microlensing events.

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Journal keyword(s): Cosmology: Gravitational Lensing - Infrared: Stars - Galaxies: Magellanic Clouds

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