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Program Information for 2016A-0095


PI: Jeffrey Cooke, Swinburne U., jeffrey.cooke@swin.edu.au
Address: Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, PO Box 218, Mail H29, Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia

CoI: Christopher Flynn, Swinburne U.
CoI: Michael Murphy, Swinburne U.
CoI: Evan Keane, SKA Organization, Jodrell Bank Observatory
CoI: Tyler Pritchard, Swinburne U.
CoI: Sarah Burke-Spolaor, NRAO
CoI: Igor Andreoni, Swinburne U.
CoI: Emily Petroff, Swinburne U.
CoI: Manisha Caleb, Australian National U.
CoI: Stephanie Bernard, U. of Melbourne
CoI: Vincent Morello, Swinburne U.
CoI: Dany Vohl, Swinburne U.

Title: Deeper, Wider, Faster: Optical counterparts to the fastest bursts in the sky

Abstract: duration space down to 24hr time scales is fully populated. Efforts on shorter timescales have been fragmented and sensitive to only the brightest and most nearby events, yet have uncovered phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, fast-fading and `bursty' gamma-ray bursts, x-ray bursts, new classes of novae, and the recently discovered fast radio bursts (FRBs; radio bursts on millisecond timescale) that are likely extragalactic in origin. If coherent, the optical flux from FRBs is expected to arrive seconds to minutes {it before} the radio detection. We propose to use DECam's unique combination of wide field, high sensitivity, and quick readout time to search for rapid transients on the seconds-to-hours timescales down to m $sim$ 24--27 for the first time. The continuous stream of fast images and real-time data reduction will be coordinated with {f simultaneous} Parkes, Molonglo, and VLA radio observations, {f simultaneuous} {it Swift} BAT gamma-ray observations, rapid ToO Swift UV/x-ray observations (Cycle 11: PI Pritchard), and rapid spectroscopic follow-up. Our innovative approach is capable of detecting optical counterparts to FRBs, along with core fast transient science: supernova UV shock breakouts, kilonovae, tidal disruption events, and other rapid transients produced by very different physical mechanisms.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 3n on Jul 27 - Jul 29 2016


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