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Paper: Results from the MACHO Galactic Pixel Lensing Search
Volume: 165, The Third Stromlo Symposium: The Galactic Halo
Page: 382
Authors: Drake, Andrew J.; Minniti, Dante; Alcock, Charles; Allsman, Robyn A.; Alves, David; Axelrod, Tim S.; Becker, Andrew C.; Bennett, David; Cook, Kem H.; Freeman, Ken C.; Griest, Kim; Lehner, Matt; Marshall, Stuart; Peterson, Bruce; Pratt, Mark; Quinn, Peter; Rodgers, Alex; Stubbs, Chris; Sutherland, Will; Tomaney, Austin; Vandehei, Thor; Welch, Doug L.
Abstract: The MACHO, EROS, OGLE and AGAPE collaborations have been studying nature of the galactic halo for a number of years using microlensing events. The MACHO group undertakes observations of the LMC, SMC and Galactic Bulge monitoring the light curves of millions of stars to detect microlensing. Most of these fields are crowded to the extent that all the monitored stars are blended. Such crowding makes the performance of accurate photometry difficult. We apply the new technique of Difference Image Analysis (DIA) on archival data to improve the photometry and increase both the detection sensitivity and effective search area. The application of this technique also allows us to detect so called `pixel lensing' events. These are microlensing events where the source star is only detectable during lensing. The detection of these events will allow us to make a large increase in the number of detected microlensing events. We present a light curve demonstrating the detection of a pixel lensing event with this technique.
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