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OGLE-2015-BLG-0479LA,B: Binary Gravitational Microlens Characterized By Simultaneous Ground-Based And Space-Based Observations

Han, C and Udalski, A and Gould, A and Zhu, W and Street, RA and Yee, JC and Beichman, C and Bryden, C and Novati, SC and Carey, S and Fausnaugh, M and Gaudi, BS and Henderson, CB and Shvartzvald, Y and Wibking, B and Szymanski, MK and Soszynski, I and Skowron, J and Mroz, P and Poleski, R and Pietrukowicz, P and Kozlowski, S and Ulaczyk, K and Wyrzykowski, L and Pawlak, M and Tsapras, Y and Hundertmark, M and Bachelet, E and Dominik, M and Bramich, DM and Cassan, A and Jaimes, RF and Horne, K and Ranc, C and Schmidt, R and Snodgrass, C and Wambsganss, J and Steele, IA and Menzies, J and Mao, S and Bozza, V and Jorgensen, UG and Alsubai, KA and Ciceri, S and D'Ago, G and Haugbolle, T and Hessman, FV and Hinse, TC and Juncher, D and Korhonen, H and Mancini, L and Popovas, A and Rabus, M and Rahvar, S and Scarpetta, G and Skottfelt, J and Southworth, J and Starkey, D and Surdej, J and Wertz, O and Zarucki, M and Pogge, RW and DePpoy, DL (2016) OGLE-2015-BLG-0479LA,B: Binary Gravitational Microlens Characterized By Simultaneous Ground-Based And Space-Based Observations. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 828 (1). ISSN 0004-637X

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We present a combined analysis of the observations of the gravitational microlensing event OGLE-2015-BLG-0479 taken both from the ground and by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The light curves seen from the ground and from space exhibit a time offset of ~13 days between the caustic spikes, indicating that the relative lens-source positions seen from the two places are displaced by parallax effects. From modeling the light curves, we measure the space-based microlens parallax. Combined with the angular Einstein radius measured by analyzing the caustic crossings, we determine the mass and distance of the lens. We find that the lens is a binary composed of two G-type stars with masses of ~1.0 M ⊙ and ~0.9 M ⊙ located at a distance of ~3 kpc. In addition, we are able to constrain the complete orbital parameters of the lens thanks to the precise measurement of the microlens parallax derived from the joint analysis. In contrast to the binary event OGLE-2014-BLG-1050, which was also observed by Spitzer, we find that the interpretation of OGLE-2015-BLG-0479 does not suffer from the degeneracy between (±, ±) and (±, mnplus) solutions, confirming that the four-fold parallax degeneracy in single-lens events collapses into the two-fold degeneracy for the general case of binary-lens events. The location of the blend in the color–magnitude diagram is consistent with the lens properties, suggesting that the blend is the lens itself. The blend is bright enough for spectroscopy and thus this possibility can be checked from future follow-up observations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences, 0305 Organic Chemistry, 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 07:54
DOI or Identification number: 10.3847/0004-637X/828/1/53
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5268

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