Separating Intrinsic and Microlensing Variability Using Parallax Measurements
Abstract
In gravitational lens systems with 3 or more resolved images of a quasar, the intrinsic variability may be unambiguously separated from the microlensing variability through parallax measurements from 3 observers when there is no relative motion of the lens masses (Refsdal 1993). In systems with fewer than 3 resolved images, however, this separation is not straightforward. A general approach that may be used for this purpose is presented. For simplicity, only the onedimensional case is considered in detail: Given a wellsampled time series of the observed flux at two points in space with a known separation, choosing a velocity $v_{\perp}$ of the observers perpendicular to the line of sight determines the microlensing magnification history, and thereby also the intrinsic variability. The velocity is chosen by minimizing some measure ($\chi^2$) of the residual intrinsic variability. In many cases this gives a close approximation to the true magnification. In cases where the relative motion of the lensing point masses is important, only a partial separation will be possible.
 Publication:

Astrophysical Applications of Gravitational Lensing
 Pub Date:
 arXiv:
 arXiv:astroph/9508112
 Bibcode:
 1996IAUS..173..277H
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 2 pages LaTeX, no figures. Uses crckapb.sty. To appear in the Proceedings of the IAU Symposium 173: ``Astrophysical Applications of Gravitational Lensing'', Kluwer Academic Publishers, Eds.: C. S. Kochanek and J. N. Hewitt. Also available, with additional information, through http://www.uio.no/~steinhh/index.html