CfA Colloquium Schedule Fall 2005
 10 November 2005

10 November 2005

Speaker: Rosanne Di Stefano (CfA/Tufts)

Title: Mesolensing: Discovering Nearby Stellar Remnants and Low-Mass Dwarfs

Abstract: Although they exist in large numbers, we know of only a few individual isolated neutron stars, and no isolated black holes. The known white dwarfs and low-mass dwarfs constitute only a small fraction of the nearby population. Fortunately, nearby planetary and stellar-mass objects have a high probability of producing detectable lensing signatures as they travel across distant dense stellar fields. In this talk I will describe the signatures of these "mesolenses" and explore the ways lensing can be used to study nearby dark and dim populations.

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