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Standard events

Amplitude: can be many magnitudes, in range 0.1-10 mag.

Time-scale: is defined as Einstein Ring crossing time and is close to FWHM of the bell-like light curve of the event.

The light curves are usually symmetric with slow rise and slow decline. In case of high magnification, the rise in magnitude speeds up closer to the peak.

Sources: can be located anywhere, however, the further source, the higher chance of it being microlensed.

Example standard event.png

Exotic events

It is believed, around 10% of all events (at least towards the bulge) exhibit some kind of anomalous behaviour. In most cases it due to binary companion either to the source or the lens. The light curves are then usually asymmetric, with high amplification regions and sharp rises in magnitude in case of binary lenses.

Example binary lens.png Figure from Jaroszynski et al. 2004.


OGLE Early Warning System (EWS) is detecting in real-time about 600 events per year towards the Galactic bulge.

Plot ews te ampl.png Plot ews te baselinemag.png

Distribution of time scales corrected for detection efficiency for OGLE-III Bulge events.

Plot ulensing distrib tE.png

All-sky events

99% of events are currently being detected towards the Galactic Centre, due to its largest optical depth. There is couple of events reported towards the Magellanic Cloud.

Serendipitous detection of a microlensing event located not in the crowded field: Gaudi et al. 2008

GSC 3656-1328

Light curve of GSC 3656-1328 microlensing event
Probability of all-sky microlensing (optical depth) in units of 10-8 for sources down to V=18 mag.