GRB optical and IR rapid follow-up with the 2 m Liverpool Robotic Telescope

Andreja Gomboc, M. F. Bode, D. Carter, C. G. Mundell, A. M. Newsam, R. J. Smith, I. A. Steele

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Abstract

The Liverpool Telescope, owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University and situated at Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, is the first 2-m, fully instrumented robotic telescope. We plan to use the LT in conjunction with Gamma Ray Observatories (HETE-2, INTEGRAL, Swift) to study GRB physics. A special over-ride mode will enable observations commencing less than a minute after the GRB alert, including optical and near infrared imaging and spectroscopy. These observations, together with systematic monitoring of the burst through the afterglow, will help to unravel the nature of prompt optical flashes, short bursts, optically dark bursts, redshift distribution, GRB - supernova connection and other questions related to the GRB phenomenon. In particular, the combination of aperture, instrumentation and rapid automated response makes the Liverpool Telescope excellently suited to the investigation of optically dark bursts and currently optically unstudied short bursts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IAU Colloquium 192: SUPERNOVAE, 2003
EditorsJ. M. Marcaide, K. W. Weiler
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003
Event IAU Colloquium 192: SUPERNOVAE - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Apr 200326 Apr 2003

Other

Other IAU Colloquium 192: SUPERNOVAE
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period22/04/0326/04/03

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    Gomboc, A., Bode, M. F., Carter, D., Mundell, C. G., Newsam, A. M., Smith, R. J., & Steele, I. A. (2003). GRB optical and IR rapid follow-up with the 2 m Liverpool Robotic Telescope. In J. M. Marcaide, & K. W. Weiler (Eds.), Proceedings of the IAU Colloquium 192: SUPERNOVAE, 2003 Springer Verlag.