SPITZER OBSERVATIONS of OGLE-2015-BLG-1212 REVEAL A NEW PATH TOWARD BREAKING STRONG MICROLENS DEGENERACIES

V. Bozza, Y. Shvartzvald, A. Udalski, S. Calchi Novati, I. A. Bond, C. Han, M. Hundertmark, R. Poleski, M. Pawlak, M. K. Szymański, J. Skowron, P. Mróz, S. Kozłowski, Wyrzykowski, P. Pietrukowicz, I. Soszyński, K. Ulaczyk, C. Beichman, G. Bryden, S. CareyM. Fausnaugh, B. S. Gaudi, A. Gould, C. B. Henderson, R. W. Pogge, B. Wibking, J. C. Yee, W. Zhu, F. Abe, Y. Asakura, R. K. Barry, D. P. Bennett, A. Bhattacharya, M. Donachie, M. Freeman, A. Fukui, Y. Hirao, K. Inayama, Y. Itow, N. Koshimoto, M. C.A. Li, C. H. Ling, K. Masuda, Y. Matsubara, Y. Muraki, M. Nagakane, T. Nishioka, K. Ohnishi, H. Oyokawa, N. Rattenbury, To Saito, A. Sharan, D. J. Sullivan, T. Sumi, D. Suzuki, P. J. Tristram, Y. Wakiyama, A. Yonehara, J. Y. Choi, H. Park, Y. K. Jung, I. G. Shin, M. D. Albrow, B. G. Park, S. L. Kim, C. U. Lee, S. M. Cha, D. J. Kim, Y. Lee, M. Dominik, U. G. JØrgensen, M. I. Andersen, D. M. Bramich, M. J. Burgdorf, S. Ciceri, G. D'Ago, D. F. Evans, R. Figuera Jaimes, S. H. Gu, T. C. Hinse, N. Kains, E. Kerins, H. Korhonen, M. Kuffmeier, L. Mancini, A. Popovas, M. Rabus, S. Rahvar, R. T. Rasmussen, G. Scarpetta, J. Skottfelt, C. Snodgrass, J. Southworth, J. Surdej, E. Unda-Sanzana, C. Von Essen, Y. B. Wang, O. Wertz, D. Maoz, M. Friedmann, S. Kaspi

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Abstract

Spitzer microlensing parallax observations of OGLE-2015-BLG-1212 decisively break a degeneracy between planetary and binary solutions that is somewhat ambiguous when only ground-based data are considered. Only eight viable models survive out of an initial set of 32 local minima in the parameter space. These models clearly indicate that the lens is a stellar binary system possibly located within the bulge of our Galaxy, ruling out the planetary alternative. We argue that several types of discrete degeneracies can be broken via such space-based parallax observations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number79
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume820
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Galaxy: bulge
  • binaries: general
  • gravitational lensing: micro
  • planets and satellites: detection
  • space vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Bozza, V., Shvartzvald, Y., Udalski, A., Novati, S. C., Bond, I. A., Han, C., Hundertmark, M., Poleski, R., Pawlak, M., Szymański, M. K., Skowron, J., Mróz, P., Kozłowski, S., Wyrzykowski, Pietrukowicz, P., Soszyński, I., Ulaczyk, K., Beichman, C., Bryden, G., ... Kaspi, S. (2016). SPITZER OBSERVATIONS of OGLE-2015-BLG-1212 REVEAL A NEW PATH TOWARD BREAKING STRONG MICROLENS DEGENERACIES. Astrophysical Journal, 820(1), [79]. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/820/1/79