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Proposal Information for 2012A-0261


PI: Antonino Cucchiara, UCO/Lick Observatory, acucchia@ucolick.org
Address: University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, 95064, USA

CoI: Nial Tanvir, University of Leicester, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, United Kingdom
CoI: Bethany Cobb, The George Washington University
CoI: Derek Fox, Pennsylvania State University
CoI: Edo Berger, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Joshua Bloom, UC Berkeley (Astronomy)
CoI: Brad Cenko, UC Berkeley (Astronomy)
CoI: Daniel Perley, Caltech
CoI: Andrew Fruchter, Space Telescope Science Institute
CoI: Andrew Levan, University of Warwick
CoI: David Bersier, Liverpool John Moores University
CoI: Brian Schmidt, Australian National University
CoI: Andrew Bunker, Oxford
CoI: Hsiao-Wen Chen, University of Chicago
CoI: Wen-Fai Fong, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Ryan Chornock, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Kathy Roth, Gemini Observatory
CoI: Jochen Greiner, Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
CoI: Laskar Tanmoy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Nat Butler, UC Berkeley (Astronomy)
CoI: Adam Morgan, UC Berkeley (Astronomy)
CoI: Paul O'Brien, University of Leicester
CoI: Sebastian Lopez, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Max Pettini, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
CoI: Jason X Prochaska, UC Santa Cruz
CoI: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UC Santa Cruz
CoI: Rhaana Starling, University of Leicester,
CoI: Klaas Wiersema, University of Leicester
CoI: Bryan Penprase, Pomona College
CoI: Thomas de Jaeger, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Maria Jose Maureira, Yale university
CoI: Nicholas Tejos, durham University
CoI: Arne Rau, Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
CoI: John Graham, Space Telescope Science Institute
CoI: Jens Hjorth, NBI: DARK, Copenhagen
CoI: Palle Jakobsson, University of Iceland
CoI: Karl Glazebrook, Swinburne University of Technology
CoI: Sharon Rapoport, Australian National University
CoI: James Rhoads, Arizona State University

Title: Exceptional Swift and Fermi GRBs: Gemini South Rapid Targets of Opportunity

Abstract: Swift and Fermi have sparked a renaissance in the study of GRBs, discovering an unprecedented number of events with rapid, accurate localizations. However, it is in the follow-up, particularly at optical/infrared (OIR) wavebands, where the full scientific potential of these missions is realized. As we did very successfully in the past semesters, our three teams have merged proposals in order to optimize GRB science using the OIR instrument suites on both Gemini telescopes. Our focus is on extreme and rare GRBs that hold the greatest potential as unique probes of the early universe and stellar death: (1) high-redshift bursts (z > 6), offering spectroscopic probes of the universe during reionization; (2) low-redshift bursts (z<1), the keystone events for understanding the nature of the GRB progenitor; (3) short GRBs, with the goal of constraining their still-mysterious progenitors; and (4) Fermi-LAT bursts, which can constrain theories of quantum gravity and place limits on the Lorentz factor of the outflow. Gemini has emerged as the cornerstone facility of global GRB research and we will continue to use our proprietary access on smaller facilities and our wide network of collaborators to maximize the return of Gemini observations.


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