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The Liverpool Telescope: Rapid follow-up observation of Targets of opportunity with a 2 m robotic telescope

Gomboc, A and Bode, MF and Carter, D and Mundell, CG and Newsam, AM and Smith, RJ and Steele, IA (2004) The Liverpool Telescope: Rapid follow-up observation of Targets of opportunity with a 2 m robotic telescope. Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, 132. pp. 312-315. ISSN 0920-5632

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Abstract

The Liverpool Telescope, situated at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canaries, is the first 2-m, fully instrumented robotic telescope. It recently began observations. Among Liverpool Telescope's primary scientific goals is to monitor variable objects on all timescales from seconds to years. An additional benefit of its robotic operation is rapid reaction to unpredictable phenomena and their systematic follow up, simultaneous or coordinated with other facilities. The Target of Opportunity Programme of the Liverpool Telescope includes the prompt search for and observation of GRB and XRF counterparts. A special over-ride mode implemented for GRB/XRF follow-up enables observations commencing less than a minute after the alert, including optical and near infrared imaging and spectroscopy. In particular, the moderate aperture and rapid automated response make the Liverpool Telescope excellently suited to help solving the mystery of optically dark GRBs and for the investigation of currently unstudied short bursts and XRFs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph; astro-ph
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 11:18
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 16:34
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2004.04.055
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4722

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