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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 15592
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Primordial black hole detection through diffractive microlensing
1.  T. Naderi
2.  A. Mehrabi
3.  S. Rahvar
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Int. J. Mod. Phys. D
  Vol.:  97
  Year:  2018
  Supported by:            ipm IPM
Recent observations of gravitational waves motivate investigations for the existence of primordial black holes (PBHs). We propose the observation of gravitational microlensing of distant quasars for the range of infrared to the submillimeter wavelengths by sublunar PBHs as lenses. The advantage of observations in the longer wavelengths, comparable to the Schwarzschild radius of the lens (i.e., Rschâ??λ) is the detection of the wave optics features of the gravitational microlensing. The observation of diffraction pattern in the microlensing light curve of a quasar can break the degeneracy between the lens parameters and determine directly the lens mass as well as the distance of the lens from the observer. We estimate the wave optics optical-depth, also calculate the rate of â?¼0.1 to â?¼0.3 event per year per a quasar, assuming that hundred percent of dark matter is made of sublunar PBHs. Also, we propose a long-term survey of quasars with the cadence of almost one hour to few days to resolve the wave optics features of the light curves to discover PBHs and determine the fraction of dark matter made of sublunar PBHs as well as their mass function.

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