VVV Survey Microlensing: The Galactic Latitude Dependence

María Gabriela Navarro, Dante Minniti, Joyce Pullen, Rodrigo Contreras Ramos

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Abstract

We search for microlensing events in fields along the Galactic minor axis, ranging from the Galactic center to -3.°7 < b < 3. °9 using the VISTA Variables in the Via Láctea (VVV) survey near-IR photometry. The new search is made across VVV tiles b291, b305, b319, b347, b361, and b375, covering a total area of about 11.5 deg2. We find a total of N = 238 new microlensing events in this new area, N = 74, which are classified as bulge red clump (RC) giant sources. Combining them with N = 122 events that we had previously reported in the Galactic center (VVV tile b333), allows us to study the latitude distribution of the microlensing events reaching the Galactic plane at b = 00 for the first time. We find a very strong dependence of the number of microlensing events with Galactic latitude, a number that increases rapidly toward the Galactic center by one order of magnitude from

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume889
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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