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Program Information for 2018A-0137


PI: Jeffrey Cooke, Swinburne U., jcooke@astro.swin.edu.au
Address: Centre for Astrophyscis and Supercomputing, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia

CoI: Igor Andreoni, Swinburne U.
CoI: Timothy Abbott, CTIO
CoI: Evan Keane, University of Manchester
CoI: Amy Lien, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
CoI: Christopher Flynn, Swinburne U.
CoI: Tyler Pritchard, Swinburne U.
CoI: Stuart Ryder, Australian Astronomical Observatory
CoI: Emily Petroff, ASTRON

Title: Multi-wavelength, real-time detection of fast radio bursts and fast transients

Abstract: We propose DECam observations to lead a coordinated $sim$25 facility, multi-wavelength effort to explore and characterize the fast transient (milliseconds-to-hours duration) time domain as part of our Deeper, Wider, Faster (DWF) program. DWF will detect fast transients such as fast radio bursts (FRBs), supernova shock breakouts, off-axis, dark, and bursty gamma-ray bursts, and kilonovae to high redshift, as well as measure rates for Galactic and extragalactic events, such as novae and flare stars for future large surveys such as the LSST. DWF coordinates $sim$10 multi-wavelength facilities to acquire deep, wide- field, fast cadenced observations on the same field at the same time, with radio, optical, and high-energy fast transients identified in real time. DWF has proven real-time DECam data processing (in seconds) and a transient identification operation (software and visual) that triggers rapid-response 8m-class spectroscopy and imaging on high-priority targets, all within minutes of the outbursts. Finally, DWF performs conventional ToO follow-up and field monitoring over months via our network of 1--10m-class telescopes to obtain host galaxy properties and the characterization of slowly evolving events associated with some fast transients. DWF does not incur crucial hours-to-day time lags like other transient follow-up programs and can resolve the overall nature of FRBs in one shot. Finally, the deep sensitivities of DWF facilities can detect events such as kilonovae to high redshift to measure their rates and to help characterize their populations.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 3n on Jun 06 - Jun 11 2018


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