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Program Information for 2016A-0104


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 Laboratory
CoI: D. Andrew Howell, Las Cumbres Observatory
CoI: Bob Nichol, University of Portsmouth
CoI: Jeffrey Cooke, Swinburne U.
CoI: R Chris Smith, CTIO
CoI: Peter Brown, Texas A&M U.
CoI: Stephen Smartt, Queen's U. Belfast
CoI: Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Chris D'Andrea, University of Southampton
CoI: Bruce Bassett, SAAO
CoI: Kyle Barbary, Argonne National Laboratory
CoI: Andreas Papadopoulos, University of Portsmouth
CoI: Lars Bildsten, UC Santa Barbara
CoI: Masao Sako, U. of Pennsylvania
CoI: Robert Quimby, IPMU
CoI: Santiago Gonzalez-Gaitain, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Francisco FöRster BuróN, Universidad de Chile
CoI: Cosimo Inserra, Queen's U. Belfast
CoI: Paul Martini, Ohio State U.
CoI: Mat Smith, University of Southampton
CoI: Regis Cartier, University of Southampton
CoI: Szymon Prajs, University of Southampton

Title: SUDSS: Survey Using Decam for Superluminous Supernovae

Abstract: We propose to continue SUDSS, our DECam search for superluminous supernovae (SLSNe): a class of astrophysical transient with absolute magnitudes in the range -21 to -23, some 50 times brighter than normal SNe. Our survey significantly increases both the quantity and quality of SLSN observations. In concert with our ongoing spectroscopic follow- up campaign, the SUDSS sample will allow us to probe theories of the origin of SLSNe, and test new empirical relations that enable these events to be used as distance indicators in the $z$$>$1 universe. Ongoing transient searches in their current design (e.g. Dark Energy Survey) are unable to detect many SLSN events due to their rarity and long duration light-curves (hundreds of days observer-frame). SUDSS is predicted to find 75 well-observed SLSNe over 3 years by imaging 24deg$^2$ in $griz$ to a magnitude limit of $i_{AB}simeq$25 every 14 days. SUDSS proper commenced in May 2014 and we have located 21 candidate SLSNe, as well as several other unusual long-duration transients. Our SUDSS dataset is unique and promotes significant additional science in these well-observed legacy fields.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 0.5n on Mar 08 2016
Run 2 (2016A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 1.5n on May 18 2016, May 29 2016, Jun 09 2016
Run 3 (2016A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 4n on Jun 25 - Jun 26 2016, Jul 07 - Jul 08 2016, Jul 18 - Jul 19 2016


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