Monte Carlo analysis of MEGA microlensing events towards M 31
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Lecce and INFN, Sezione di Lecce, CP 193, 73100 Lecce, Italy
2 Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland
Accepted: 6 September 2005
We perform an analytical study and a Monte Carlo (MC) analysis of the main features for microlensing events in pixel lensing observations towards M 31. Our main aim is to investigate the lens nature and location of the 14 candidate events found by the MEGA collaboration. Assuming a reference model for the mass distribution in M 31 and the standard model for our galaxy, we estimate the MACHO-to-self lensing probability and the event time duration towards M 31. Reproducing the MEGA observing conditions, as a result we get the MC event number density distribution as a function of the event full-width half-maximum duration and the magnitude at maximum Rmax. For a MACHO mass of we find typical values of day and , for both MACHO-lensing and self-lensing events occurring beyond about 10 arcmin from the M 31 center. A comparison of the observed features ( and ) with our MC results shows that for a MACHO mass the four innermost MEGA events are most likely self-lensing events, whereas the six outermost events must be genuine MACHO-lensing events.
Key words: gravitational lensing / galaxy: halo / galaxies: individuals: M 31
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