Journal Article

A systematic fitting scheme for caustic-crossing microlensing events

N. Kains, A. Cassan, K. Horne, M. D. Albrow, S. Dieters, P. Fouqué, J. Greenhill, A. Udalski, M. Zub, D. P. Bennett, M. Dominik, J. Donatowicz, D. Kubas, Y. Tsapras, T. Anguita, V. Batista, J.-P. Beaulieu, S. Brillant, M. Bode, D. M. Bramich, M. Burgdorf, J. A. R. Caldwell, K. H. Cook, Ch. Coutures, D. Dominis Prester, U. G. Jørgensen, S. Kane, J. B. Marquette, R. Martin, J. Menzies, K. R. Pollard, N. Rattenbury, K. C. Sahu, C. Snodgrass, I. Steele, C. Vinter, J. Wambsganss, A. Williams, M. Kubiak, G. Pietrzyński, I. Soszyński, O. Szewczyk, M. K. Szymański, K. Ulaczyk and Ł. Wyrzykowski

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 395, issue 2, pages 787-796
Published in print May 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14615.x
A systematic fitting scheme for caustic-crossing microlensing events

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We outline a method for fitting binary-lens caustic-crossing microlensing events based on the alternative model parametrization proposed and detailed by Cassan. As an illustration of our methodology, we present an analysis of OGLE-2007-BLG-472, a double-peaked Galactic microlensing event with a source crossing the whole caustic structure in less than three days. In order to identify all possible models we conduct an extensive search of the parameter space, followed by a refinement of the parameters with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm. We find a number of low-χ2 regions in the parameter space, which lead to several distinct competitive best models. We examine the parameters for each of them, and estimate their physical properties. We find that our fitting strategy locates several minima that are difficult to find with other modelling strategies and is therefore a more appropriate method to fit this type of event.

Keywords: gravitational lensing; methods: miscellaneous; binaries: general; planetary systems; Galaxy: bulge

Journal Article.  5578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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