RINGO2

An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup

I. A. Steele, S. D. Bates, C. Guidorzi, C. J. Mottram, C. G. Mundell, R. J. Smith

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Abstract

We describe the design and construction of a new novel optical polarimeter (RINGO2) for the Liverpool Telescope. The instrument is designed for rapid (< 3 minute) followup observations of Gamma Ray Bursts in order to measure the early time polarization and time evolution on timescales of ∼ 1 - 10000 seconds. By using a fast rotating Polaroid whose rotation is synchronized to control the readout of an electron multiplying CCD eight times per revolution, we can rebin our data in the time domain after acquisition with little noise penalty, thereby allowing us to explore the polarization evolution of these rapidly variable objects for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Volume7735
EditionPART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2010
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III - San Diego, CA, USA United States
Duration: 27 Jun 20102 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
CountryUSA United States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period27/06/102/07/10

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EMCCD
Polarimeter
Polarimeters
polarimeters
Polarization
Gamma-ray Bursts
Charge coupled devices
Telescopes
Gamma rays
Telescope
Penalty
Time Domain
Rotating
Time Scales
polarization
Electron
penalties
gamma ray bursts
readout
Electrons

Keywords

  • 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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Steele, I. A., Bates, S. D., Guidorzi, C., Mottram, C. J., Mundell, C. G., & Smith, R. J. (2010). RINGO2: An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup. In Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III (PART 1 ed., Vol. 7735). [773549] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856842

RINGO2 : An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup. / Steele, I. A.; Bates, S. D.; Guidorzi, C.; Mottram, C. J.; Mundell, C. G.; Smith, R. J.

Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III. Vol. 7735 PART 1. ed. 2010. 773549.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Steele, IA, Bates, SD, Guidorzi, C, Mottram, CJ, Mundell, CG & Smith, RJ 2010, RINGO2: An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup. in Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III. PART 1 edn, vol. 7735, 773549, Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, San Diego, CA, USA United States, 27/06/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856842
Steele IA, Bates SD, Guidorzi C, Mottram CJ, Mundell CG, Smith RJ. RINGO2: An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup. In Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III. PART 1 ed. Vol. 7735. 2010. 773549 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856842
Steele, I. A. ; Bates, S. D. ; Guidorzi, C. ; Mottram, C. J. ; Mundell, C. G. ; Smith, R. J. / RINGO2 : An EMCCD-based polarimeter for GRB followup. Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III. Vol. 7735 PART 1. ed. 2010.
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