RINGO: A novel ring polarimeter for rapid GRB followup

I. A. Steele, S. D. Bates, D. Carter, D. Clarke, A. Gomboc, C. Guidorzi, A. Melandri, A. Monfardini, C. J. Mottram, C. G. Mundell, A. B. Scott, R. J. Smith, J. Swindlehurst

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We describe the design and construction of a novel optical ring-polarimeter (RINGO) for the Liverpool Telescope. The instrument is designed for rapid (< 5 minutes) followup observations of Gamma Ray Bursts in order to measure the early time polarization and its evolution for the first time. Sensitivity calculations and data reduction procedures are described, and the results of on-sky commissioning presented. The instrument is now on the telescope and in routine use during GRB followup.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2006
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, USA United States
Duration: 25 May 200629 May 2006

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Gamma ray bursts
  • Polarimeters
  • Robotic telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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