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Program Information for 2017B-0050


PI: Charles D Bailyn, Yale U., charles.bailyn@yale.edu
Address: Dept of Astronomy, PO 208101, New Haven, CT 06520-8101 USA

CoI: Jerome A Orosz, UC San Diego
CoI: Marla Geha, Yale U.
CoI: Tolga Dincer, Yale U.

Title: Black Hole Binary Systems in Quiescence

Abstract: We propose to observe the optical counterparts of two black hole binary systems. The scientific goals are 1) to refine the system inclination and mass of the black hole; 2) to understand the accretion flow in the quiescent state; 3) to establish templates for the identification of black hole systems in quiescence in future time domain surveys. Point 3 is of particular importance in the LIGO era. The demographics of black hole binaries are currently subject to an intense selection effect because they are identified initially through their X- ray outbursts. Identification by optical properties would be a significant improvement in this regard.

Program Type: Long Term/LCO

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017B):  LCO-1m/Sinistro -- 23.7hrs
Run 1 (2018A):  LCO-1m/Sinistro -- 22.8hrs


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