Low Temperature Physics: 24, 139 (1998); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.593561 (1 pages)
Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 24, Number 2 (February 1998), p. 186-186 ( to contents , go back )
Large microlensing history and perspectives
A. V. Byalko
L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, 117940, Kosygin St., 2, Moscow, Russia
The resent observational confirmation [1,2] of microlensing (i.e. gravitational focusing of light from a distant star by a small invisible body) becomes a scientific event of rather unusual appearance: this phenomena was theoretically predicted by Einstein 60 years ago , its observational probabilities were analyzed by me  and later by Paczynski . Being finally observed the phenomena reveals difficulties to become a valuable observational instrument . Actually the instrumental capacity of microlensing and the information about lens bodies occur to be limited: observations of a single event cannot say definitely what are the mass and transverse velocity of the lensing body, and how far it is located - only the product of the mass and distance becomes an actual outcome of each microlensing observation. I will report the results of a statistical approach to brightness changes of distant objects resulting in multiple microlensing. The theoretical time-correlation function will be compared with that for quasars observations . Finally another observational procedure will be briefly discussed: the brightness curve of a pulsar in the radio waverange can reveal a diffraction pattern which could give information on both mass and distance to the lensing object.