Resolving AGN with PanSTARRS transients

Research output: Other contribution


With PanSTARRS we have discovered a new class of slow, blue nuclear transients which we believe to be rare examples of background AGN microlensed by stars in foreground galaxies, amplified by a factor of 10--100. The background AGN should be somewhat resolved by the foreground lens, providing a unique new diagnostic of AGN size and structure - the UV, optical, IR, BLR, and X-ray regions should have differing evolutions during the event. This proposal is a first step towards understanding the structure of the X-ray source : testing the microlensing hypothesis, characterising the SED, and establishing the first two epochs in an expected gradual decline.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Quasars
  • BL-Lac Objects
  • X-ray Background
  • SDSSJ031240+183
  • SDSSJ094309+284
  • SDSSJ142232+014
  • SDSSJ151944+004


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