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Proposal Information for 2011B-0552


PI: Shri Kulkarni, California Institute of Technology, srk@astro.caltech.edu
Address: Department of Astronomy, 1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

CoI: Derek Fox, Pennsylvania State University
CoI: Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute
CoI: Iair Arcavi, Weizmann Institute
CoI: Mansi Kasliwal, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Robert Quimby, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Eran Ofek, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Thomas Matheson, NOAO
CoI: Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
CoI: Assaf Horesh, Caltech
CoI: Brad Cenko, UC Berkeley

Title: Palomar Transient Factory: A Discovery Machine

Abstract: The primary focus of PTF for the first two major seasons was on supernovae searches. This was obtained by a 5-day cadence. Having accumulated over 1,000 spectroscopically identified SN and identified a new class of luminous supernovae we are now moving to a higher cadence search. The initial results (shock breakout, relativistic explosions, AM CVn outbursts, nuclear disruption event) bode well for the proposed program. We seek KPNO/Mayall time for classification and follow up. With over two years of fully automated operations under our belt, PTF has now demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that we can reliably deliver newly discovered transient sources with sufficient regularity to justify such a request.


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