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Published 1996 | Published
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A Search for Gravitational Milli–Lenses


We have searched for gravitational milli–lens systems by examining VLBI maps of ~ 300 flat–spectrum radio sources. So far we have followed up 7 candidates, with separations in the range 2–20 mas. None have been confirmed as lenses but several of them can not yet be definitively ruled out. If there are no milli-lenses in this sample then uniformly–distributed black holes of 10^6 to 10^8 M_⊙ cannot contribute more than ~ 1% of the closure density.

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