The LMC Microlensing Events: Evidence for a Warped and Flaring Milky Way Disk?
The simplest interpretation of the microlensing events towards the Large Magellanic Cloud detected by the MACHO and EROS collaborations is that about one third of the halo of our own Milky Way galaxy exists in the form of objects of around 0.5 solar mass. There are grave problems with this interpretation. A normal stellar population of 0.5 solar mass stars should be visible. The other obvious candidate for the lenses is a population of white dwarfs. But, the precursor population must have pol...Expand abstract
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16 pages, 3 included figures, in press at The Astrophysical Journal
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