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Rapid response gravitational wave follow-up with the PIRATE robotic telescope

Roberts, Dean and Kolb, Ulrich (2018). Rapid response gravitational wave follow-up with the PIRATE robotic telescope. In: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science: RAS National Astronomy Meeting, 3-6 Apr 2018, Liverpool, UK.

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Abstract

This poster briefly outlines the research being undertaken at The Open University in the search for electromagnetic (EM) counterparts to gravitational wave candidates detected by the LIGO/Virgo Collaboration (LVC). This includes the setup of the PIRATE facility, which is a robotic telescope located in Tenerife, Spain, and is used as both a research and teaching telescope. Additionally the poster describes the methods used to perform rapid follow-up to gravitational wave alerts from LIGO/Virgo, and how the images are processed to look for fading transients. Lastly there is a short summary of results from the last observing campaign, corresponding to the second LIGO observing run (O2).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Extra Information: Poster
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Astronomy
Item ID: 55411
Depositing User: Dean Roberts
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 09:28
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 20:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55411
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