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

Gomboc, A and Bode, MF and Carter, D and Mundell, CG and Newsam, AM and Smith, RJ and Steele, IA (2003) GRB optical and IR rapid follow-up with the 2 m Liverpool Robotic Telescope. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 192. ISSN 1743-9213

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph; astro-ph
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2016 11:00
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4723

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