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Program Information for 2017B-0132


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
CoI: Keith Bannister, CSIRO
CoI: Jean-Pierre Macquart, Curtin University
CoI: Ryan Shannon, Curtin University
CoI: Giuliano Pignata, Universidad Andres Bello

Title: Rapid Imaging and Spectroscopic Follow-up of Fast Radio Bursts

Abstract: We propose to continue our 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 precisely establish the source redshift. We propose to perform follow-up observations of real time FRB alerts, in order to localize any putative optical counterpart and/or the host galaxy, and then use Gemini-S to trigger a rapid response imaging or 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 distribution of baryons within the intergalactic medium.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017B):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 10hrs band 1 (GS-2017B-Q-28)


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