This page contains basic information about optical/NIR followup efforts for GRBs at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Followup efforts have been done by several groups using a range of instruments, beginning notably with Howard Bond's identification of the optical afterglow of GRB 970508 with the KPNO 0.9m telescope. Details for several bursts are given below. Many of these are results of an optical followup program based at KPNO from 1997 to 1999, using primarily the 0.9 meter telescope with optical imagers. This group included James Rhoads, Nigel Sharp, Buell Jannuzi, Art Code, and Arjun Dey, and benefitted from discussions with others at NOAO as well.
Additionally, a group based in Huntsville (PI Chryssa Kouveliotou) has ongoing NOAO queue time on the 3.5 meter WIYN telescope (6.7 arcminute field) and recently obtained deep upper limits on optical counterparts to GRB 011030.
The NOAO Deep Widefield Survey team, including Buell Jannuzi, Arjun Dey, and Michael Brown, has been active in Target-of-Opportunity observations during their telescope time. Most recently, this means deep multi-band observations of GRB 011121 obtained by Michael Brown with the 4m CTIO Blanco telescope and Mosaic 2 imager.
Finally, near-infrared followup of several bursts has been obtained under a near-IR Target of Opportunity program at KPNO and CTIO. This collaboration includes James Rhoads, Andy Fruchter, Ingunn Burud, and Michael Merrill, and has received valuable support over the years from several CTIO astronomers including Nick Suntzeff, Brooke Gregory, Bob Blum, and Chris Smith.
Gamma ray burst locations are available through the GRB Coordinates Network (GCN), organized by Scott Barthelmy and others at Goddard Space Flight Center. The GCN also provides a clearinghouse for burst followup reports. Finally, some current burst information may also be available from the Astronomer's Telegram site.
We have followed up several gamma ray bursts. Links for most of these are provided below on a burst-by-burst basis.
The NDWFS is a public survey and has similar policies.
Links to images for bursts observed so far by these collaborations are given below.
This work uses photometry obtained by the Kitt Peak National Observatory
followup team for GRB < burst ID > (< list of peoples' names >)
using the KPNO 0.9 meter and WIYN telescopes.
Kitt Peak National Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
The WIYN Observatory is a joint facility of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories.
Burst 971214 (including our first identified afterglow photons).
Here is the draft writeup for the Conference Proceedings.
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