Detecting isolated stellar-mass black holes in the absence of microlensing parallax effect. (arXiv:2006.02441v1 [astro-ph.SR])

Detecting isolated stellar-mass black holes in the absence of microlensing parallax effect. (arXiv:2006.02441v1 [astro-ph.SR])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Karolinski_N/0/1/0/all/0/1">Numa Karolinski</a> (McGill), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Zhu_W/0/1/0/all/0/1">Wei Zhu</a> (CITA)

Gravitational microlensing can detect isolated stellar-mass black holes
(BHs), which are believed to be the dominant form of Galactic BHs according to
population synthesis models. Previous searches for BH events in microlensing
data focused on long-timescale events with significant microlensing parallax
detections. Here we show that, although BH events preferentially have long
timescales, the microlensing parallax amplitudes are so small that in most
cases the parallax signals cannot be detected statistically significantly. We
then identify OGLE-2006-BLG-044 to be a candidate BH event because of its long
timescale and small microlensing parallax. Our findings have implications to
future BH searches in microlensing data.

Gravitational microlensing can detect isolated stellar-mass black holes
(BHs), which are believed to be the dominant form of Galactic BHs according to
population synthesis models. Previous searches for BH events in microlensing
data focused on long-timescale events with significant microlensing parallax
detections. Here we show that, although BH events preferentially have long
timescales, the microlensing parallax amplitudes are so small that in most
cases the parallax signals cannot be detected statistically significantly. We
then identify OGLE-2006-BLG-044 to be a candidate BH event because of its long
timescale and small microlensing parallax. Our findings have implications to
future BH searches in microlensing data.

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