Defense Date

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics and Applied Physics

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Gowdy

Second Advisor

Dr. Joseph Reiner

Third Advisor

Dr. Ghidewon Abay-Asmerom

Abstract

A gravitational microlensing event occurs when a foreground star passes near our line of site to a background source star. The foreground star acts as a lens, perturbing the image of the source star and amplifying the apparent intensity. Because the lens is in motion relative to the source star, the amplification is a function in time, resulting in a characteristic microlensing light curve. If the lens happens to have a planetary companion, the resulting light curve will be perturbed due the planet and the characteristics of the binary system can be ascertained.

Rights

© Wesley M Barnes

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VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-12-2017

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