Exoplanetary searches with gravitational microlensing: Polarization issues

October 2014 • 2014AdSpR..54.1319Z

Authors • Zakharov, Alexander F. • Ingrosso, Gabriele • De Paolis, Francesco • Nucita, Achille A. • Strafella, Francesco • Calchi Novati, Sebastiano • Jetzer, Philippe

Abstract • There are different methods for finding exoplanets such as radial spectral shifts, astrometrical measurements, transits, timing etc. Gravitational microlensing (including pixel-lensing) is among the most promising techniques with the potentiality of detecting Earth-like planets at distances about a few astronomical units from their host star or near the so-called snow line with a temperature in the range 0-100 °C on a solid surface of an exoplanet. We emphasize the importance of polarization measurements which can help to resolve degeneracies in theoretical models. In particular, the polarization angle could give additional information about the relative position of the lens with respect to the source.


IPAC Authors


Sebastiano Calchi Novati

Associate Scientist