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Program Information for 2017A-0410


PI: Nicolas Tejos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, ntejos@gmail.com
Address: Departamento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, Casilla 306, Santiago 22 Chile

CoI: Jason Prochaska, UC Santa Cruz
CoI: Duncan Lorimer, West Virginia University

Title: Rapid Spectroscopic Follow-up of Fast Radio Bursts

Abstract: We propose to initiate a target of opportunity (ToO) program to study the nature and origin of fast radio bursts (FRBs). Analogous to the gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the FRBs are an enigmatic class of transient sources discovered outside the optical/near-IR passbands. Their radio emission, however, offers limited insight into their physical nature and, especially, cannot be used to establish the source redshift. With our collaboration, we will perform rapid follow-up observations on other facilities to localize an optical counterpart (if one exists), and then use Gemini-S to trigger a rapid response spectroscopic observations using GMOS. Our science goals range from establishing the energetics and progenitors of the FRBs to leveraging these phenomena for cosmological constraints on the mean density of the intergalactic medium.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 0.8hrs band 1 (GS-2017A-Q-3)


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