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Program Information for 2018A-0316


PI: Thomas Kupfer, California Institute of Technology, tkupfer@caltech.edu
Address: 1200 East California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125 United States

CoI: Kevin Burdge, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Tom Prince, California Institute of Technology

Title: The Fast and the Furious - A ZTF high cadence survey of the Galactic Plane

Abstract: The Fast and the Furious is a high-cadence survey in the Galactic Plane covering the full inner Plane visible from the northern hemisphere as part of observations of the Zwicky Transient Facility. The goal is to identify an unbiased sample of ultracompact binaries such as interacting AMCVn type binaries and detached white dwarf/He-star binaries with orbital periods below 2 hours. Our survey will provide a comprehensive census of short period variables and allow for a detailed population study of different classes of ultracompact binaries. Here we request a total of 64 hours with the LCO-1m telescopes and 16 hours with the LCO-2m telescopes to obtain high signal to noise ratio follow-up lightcurves of the 10 most interesting systems (most compact, highest component masses) found in the Fast and the Furious survey. The individual lightcurves will allow us to measure the orbital period precisely and, in combination with spectroscopy, measure precise system parameters such as masses, inclination or radii.

Program Type: Standard/Galactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  LCO-2m/Spectral -- 16hrs
Run 2 (2018A):  LCO-1m/Sinistro -- 64hrs


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