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Proposal Information for 2014A-0416


PI: Mansi Kasliwal, Carnegie Institution of Washington (Headquartes), mansi@obs.carnegiescience.edu
Address: Carnegie Observatories, Headquarters, 813 Santa Barbara Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101-1292, USA

CoI: Yi Cao, Caltech Astronomy
CoI: Shri Kulkarni, Caltech Astronomy
CoI: Eran Ofek, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Ariel Goobar, Oskar Klein Center Stockholm University
CoI: Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
CoI: Przemek Wozniak, Los Alamos National Lab
CoI: Robert Quimby, Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
CoI: Iair Arcavi, LCOGT/UC Santa Barbara
CoI: Sagi Ben-Ami, Weizmann Institute for Science

Title: Rapid Spectroscopy of Elusive Transients and Young Supernovae

Abstract: The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF) is systematically exploring the transient sky particularly on short timescales. Discovering young supernovae and ephemeral transients motivate our emphasis on fast cadence. Building on the PTF legacy, the new iPTF software pipeline is geared towards automated alerts for prompt follow-up within hours of discovery. Rapid response spectroscopy is critical in identifying elusive transients and promptly triggering a timely multi-wavelength follow-up campaign. Here, we request a total of seven target-of-opportunity triggers on the Gemini-South and Gemini-North telescopes (8.4 hours). We have ongoing programs for complementary follow-up: optical/NIR with Palomar/Magellan/APO/Keck, UV/X-ray with the Swift satellite and radio with JVLA/CARMA.


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