Constraining Dark Matter with the Long-Term Variability of Quasars


By comparing the results of numerical microlensing simulations to the observed long-term variability of quasars, strong upper limits on the cosmological density of compact objects in the mass range 10–10 M⊙ may be imposed. Using recently developed methods to better approximate the amplification of large sources, we investigate in what way the constraints are affected by assumptions concerning the size of the optical continuum-emitting region of quasars in the currently favored (ΩM = 0.3, ΩΛ = 0.7) cosmology.

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@inproceedings{Zackrisson2002ConstrainingDM, title={Constraining Dark Matter with the Long-Term Variability of Quasars}, author={Erik Zackrisson and Nils Bergvall and Phillip Helbig}, year={2002} }