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Continued monitoring of LMXBs with the Faulkes Telescopes

Clark, James; Lewis, Fraser; Russell, David M.; Fender, Rob P. and Roche, Paul (2008). Continued monitoring of LMXBs with the Faulkes Telescopes. Proceedings of Science

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Abstract

The Faulkes Telescope Project is an educational and research arm of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN). It has two 2-metre robotic telescopes, located at Haleakala on Maui (FT North) and Siding Spring in Australia (FT South). It is planned for these telescopes to be complemented by a research network of eighteen 1-metre telescopes, along with an educational network of twenty-eight 0.4-metre telescopes, providing 24 hour coverage of both northern and southern hemispheres.

We have been conducting a monitoring project of 13 low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) using FT North since early 2006. The introduction of FT South has allowed us to extend this to monitor a total of 30 LMXBs (see target list, Section 4). New instrumentation will allow us to expand this project to include both infrared wavelengths (z and y band) and spectroscopy. Brighter targets (~ 16 - 18 mag.) are imaged weekly in V, R and i’ bands (SNR ~ 50), while fainter ones (> 18 mag.) are observed only in i’ band (SNR ~ 20). We alter this cadence in response to our own analysis or Astronomers Telegrams (ATels).

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Authors
ISSN: 1824-8039
Extra Information: VII Microquasar Workshop: Microquasars and Beyond; September 1 - 5; 2008; Foca, Izmir; Turkey.
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 18888
Depositing User: J. Simon Clark
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 17:01
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18888
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