Early GRB optical and infrared afterglow observations with the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope

A. Gomboc, C. G. Mundell, C. Guidorzi, A. Monfardini, C. J. Mottram, R. Priddey, R. J. Smith, S. Pak, I. A. Steele, N. Tanvir, D. Carter, S. N. Fraser, M. F. Bode, A. M. Newsam, M. Hughes

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Abstract

We present the first optical observations of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) afterglow using the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope (LT), which is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University and situated on La Palma. We briefly discuss the capabilities of LT and its suitability for rapid follow-up observations of early optical and infrared GRB light curves. In particular, the combination of aperture, site, instrumentation and rapid response (robotic over-ride mode aided by telescope's rapid slew and fully-opening enclosure) makes the LT ideal for investigating the nature of short bursts, optically-dark bursts, and GRB blast-wave physics in general. We briefly describe the LT's key position in the RoboNet-1.0 network of robotic telescopes. We present the LT observations of GRB041006 and use its gamma-ray properties to predict the time of the break in optical light curve, a prediction consistent with the observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-726
Number of pages4
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fiscia C
Volume28
Issue number4-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Gomboc, A., Mundell, C. G., Guidorzi, C., Monfardini, A., Mottram, C. J., Priddey, R., Smith, R. J., Pak, S., Steele, I. A., Tanvir, N., Carter, D., Fraser, S. N., Bode, M. F., Newsam, A. M., & Hughes, M. (2005). Early GRB optical and infrared afterglow observations with the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope. Nuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fiscia C, 28(4-5), 723-726. https://doi.org/10.1393/ncc/i2005-10139-8