Constraints on Planetary Companions in the Magnification A = 256 Microlensing Event OGLE-2003-BLG-423**Based in part on observations obtained with the 1.3 m Warsaw Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Academic Article uri icon


  • We develop a new method of modeling microlensing events based on a Monte Carlo simulation that incorporates both a Galactic model and the constraints imposed by the observed characteristics of the event. The method provides an unbiased way to analyze the event, especially when parameters are poorly constrained by the observed light curve. We apply this method to search for planetary companions of the lens in OGLE-2003-BLG-423, whose maximum magnification Amax = 256 43 (or Amax = 400 115 from the light-curve data alone) is the highest among single-lens events ever recorded. The method permits us for the first time to place constraints directly in the planet mass-projected physical separation plane rather than in the mass ratio-Einstein radius plane as was done previously. For example, Jovian-mass companions of main-sequence stars at 2.5 AU are excluded with 80% efficiency.

published proceedings

  • The Astrophysical Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Yoo, J., DePoy, D. L., Gal-Yam, A., Gaudi, B. S., Gould, A., Han, C., ... Wyrzykowski, . .

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Yoo, Jaiyul||DePoy, DL||Gal-Yam, A||Gaudi, BS||Gould, A||Han, C||Lipkin, Y||Maoz, D||Ofek, EO||Park, B-G||Pogge, RW||Szymański, MK||Udalski, A||Szewczyk, O||Kubiak, M||Żebruń, K||Pietrzyński, G||Soszyński, I||Wyrzykowski, Ł

publication date

  • December 2004