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Program Information for 2016A-0402


PI: Chris Curtin, Swinburne U., ccurtin074@gmail.com
Address: Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, John St, Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia

CoI: Jeffrey Cooke, Swinburne U.
CoI: Tyler Pritchard, Swinburne U.
CoI: Stephanie Bernard, U. of Melbourne
CoI: Igor Andreoni, Swinburne U.

Title: Enabling the discovery and real time study of the highest redshift superluminous supernovae with u-SUDSS

Abstract: We propose deep DECam u-band imaging to build on the legacy of the Dark Energy Surey (DES) and the Survey Using DECam for Superluminous Supernovae (SUDSS) by greatly enhancing their results. Our innovative high redshift galaxy selection and monitoring technique, for which deep u-band is essential, has been remarkably successful in detecting superluminous supernovae (SLSNe) at $zsim 2-4$ in the Canada-France- Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey and recently in two SUDSS fields. The proposed u-band data will detect $sim$2$ imes$ the number of SLSNe in the SUDSS survey, thereby maximizing results with minimal telescope time commitment. The u-band coverage is needed now, as the intrisically slow (and time dilated) $zsim$ 2--4 SLSNe in the SUDSS data are rising/peaking in brightness. Real-time identification will enable deep spectroscopic follow up to understand their explosion mechanisms, chemical make up, kinematics, ionizing radiation and progenitor stars. The deep u-band imaging will also provide a unique data set highly beneficial to DES (e.g., AGN studies) and the community to enable a wide range of additional science that cannot be done otherwise.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 2 (2016A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 1n on Jul 30 2016


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