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Galaxies 2016, 4(3), 20; doi:10.3390/galaxies4030020

Gamma-Ray Variability Induced by Microlensing on Intermediate Size Structures in Lensed Blazars

Department of Astrophysics, University of Łódź, Lodz PL-90236, Poland
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Academic Editors: Jose L. Gómez, Alan P. Marscher and Svetlana G. Jorstad
Received: 12 July 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 25 August 2016 / Published: 31 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Blazars through Sharp Multi-wavelength Eyes)
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Abstract

Changes of the magnification ratio of images in a lensed blazar, caused by microlensing on individual stars, have been proposed as a probe of the size and velocity of the emission region in the lensed source. We study whether similar changes in the magnification ratio can be caused by the microlensing on the intermediate size structures in the lensing galaxy, namely stellar clusters and giant molecular clouds. Our numerical simulations show that changes in the magnification ratio of two images with similar time scales (as seen in QSO B0218+357) can be obtained for relativistically-moving emission regions with sizes up to 0.01 pc in the case of microlensing on clumps in giant molecular clouds. View Full-Text
Keywords: gravitational lensing: micro; galaxies: active; globular clusters: general; open clusters and associations: general; ISM: clouds gravitational lensing: micro; galaxies: active; globular clusters: general; open clusters and associations: general; ISM: clouds
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Sitarek, J.; Bednarek, W. Gamma-Ray Variability Induced by Microlensing on Intermediate Size Structures in Lensed Blazars. Galaxies 2016, 4, 20.

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