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Limb-darkening measurements for a cool red giant in microlensing event OGLE 2004-BLG-482

Abstract :
Aims: We present a detailed analysis of OGLE 2004-BLG-482, a relatively high-magnification single-lens microlensing event that exhibits clear extended-source effects. These events are relatively rare, but they potentially contain unique information on the stellar atmosphere properties of their source star, as shown in this study.
Methods: Our dense photometric coverage of the overall light curve and a proper microlensing modelling allow us to derive measurements of the OGLE 2004-BLG-482source star's linear limb-darkening coefficients in three bands, including standard Johnson-Cousins I and R, as well as in a broad clear filter. In particular, we discuss in detail the problems of multi-band and multi-site modelling on the expected precision of our results. We also obtained high-resolution UVES spectra as part of a ToO programme at ESO VLT, from which we derive the source star's precise fundamental parameters.
Results: From the high-resolution UVES spectra, we find that OGLE 2004-BLG-482's source star is a red giant of MK type a bit later than M3, with Teff = 3667 ± 150 K, log g = 2.1 ± 1.0 and an assumed solar metallicity. This is confirmed by an OGLE calibrated colour-magnitude diagram. We then obtain from a detailed microlensing modelling of the light curve linear limb-darkening coefficients that we compare to model-atmosphere predictions available in the literature, and find a very good agreement for the I and R bands. In addition, we perform a similar analysis using an alternative description of limb darkening based on a principal component analysis of ATLAS limb-darkening profiles, and also find a very good agreement between measurements and model predictions.

Partly based on observations made at ESO (073.D-0575A).

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M. Zub, A. Cassan, D. Heyrovský, P. Fouqué, H. C. Stempels, et al.. Limb-darkening measurements for a cool red giant in microlensing event OGLE 2004-BLG-482. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2011, 525, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/200912007⟩. ⟨insu-03646107⟩



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