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Proposal Information for 2014A-0239


PI: Mark Sullivan, University of Southampton, m.sullivan@soton.ac.uk
Address: School of Physics and Astronomy, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ, UK

CoI: Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
CoI: D. Andrew Howell, LCOGT / UCSB
CoI: Bob Nichol, ICG, Portsmouth
CoI: Jeff Cooke, University of Swinburne
CoI: Chris Smith, CTIO/NOAO
CoI: Peter Brown, Texas A&M
CoI: Stephen Smartt, Queen's University Belfast
CoI: Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Chris D'Andrea, ICG, Portsmouth
CoI: Bruce Bassett, South African Astronomical Observatory
CoI: Kyle Barbary, Argonne National Lab
CoI: Andreas Papadopoulos, ICG, Portsmouth
CoI: Lars Bildsten, KITP/UCSB
CoI: Masao Sako, University of Pennsylvania
CoI: Robert Quimby, IPMU
CoI: Santiago Gonzalez-Gaitain, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Francisco Förster Burón, Universidad de Chile

Title: SUDSS: Survey Using Decam for Superluminous Supernovae

Abstract: We propose to continue our innovative search for superluminous supernovae (SLSNe): a new class of supernova explosions up to fifty times brighter than traditional supernovae capable of being studied to z$~4. This new transient survey will significantly increase both the quantity and quality of SLSN observations, allowing us to further understand these enigmatic objects and test theories of their origin. Ongoing transient searches in their current design are unable to detect many SLSN events (e.g. <15 expected in DES) due to their faint apparent magnitudes and long duration light-curves (hundreds of days in observer-frame). Overall, SUDSS is predicted to find ~200 well- observed SLSNe over 3 years, revolutionizing this emerging area of SN astrophysics and facilitating detailed statistical studies of SLSN properties. Our plan is to image 24deg^2 in griz to a magnitude limit of i_AB~eq25 every 14 days for over 9 months a year covering the next 6 semesters. This dataset will be unique and promote significant additional science in these well-observed legacy fields.


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