Simulator for Microlens Planet Surveys

Sergei I. Ipatov, Keith Horne, Khalid A. Alsubai, Daniel M. Bramich, Martin Dominik, Markus P. G. Hundertmark, Christine Liebig, Colin D. B. Snodgrass, Rachel A. Street, Yiannis Tsapras

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We summarize the status of a computer simulator for microlens planet surveys. The simulator generates synthetic light curves of microlensing events observed with specified networks of telescopes over specified periods of time. Particular attention is paid to models for sky brightness and seeing, calibrated by fitting to data from the OGLE survey and RoboNet observations in 2011. Time intervals during which events are observable are identified by accounting for positions of the Sun and the Moon, and other restrictions on telescope pointing. Simulated observations are then generated for an algorithm that adjusts target priorities in real time with the aim of maximizing planet detection zone area summed over all the available events. The exoplanet detection capability of observations was compared for several telescopes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-419
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS293
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • surveys
  • telescopes
  • (stars:) planetary systems


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