Microlensing of tidal debris on the Magellanic great circle

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Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that the Galactic halo is lumpy on kpc scales as a result of the accretion of at least a dozen small galaxies [Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC/SMC), Sgr, Fornax, etc.]. Faint stars in such lumpy structures can significantly microlense a background star with an optical depth of 10(-7)-10(-6), which is comparable to the observed value to the LMC. The observed microlensing events towards the LMC can be explained by a tidal debris tail from the progenitor of the Magellanic Clouds and Magellanic Stream, The LMC stars can either lense stars in the debris tail a few kpc behind the LMC, or be lensed by stars in the part of the debris tail in front of the LMC. The models are consistent with an elementary particle dominated Galactic halo without massive compact halo objects (MACHOs). They also differ from Sahu's LMC-self-lensing model by predicting a higher optical depth and event rate and lower concentration of events to the LMC centre.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139
Number of pages139
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume294
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 1998

Keywords

  • Galaxy, halo
  • galaxies, compact
  • galaxies, individual, Sgr
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • dark matter
  • gravitational lensing
  • GALACTIC HALO
  • PROPER MOTION
  • GALAXY
  • STREAM
  • CLOUDS
  • STARS
  • MASS
  • SAGITTARIUS
  • CLUSTERS
  • ORIGIN

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