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Program Information for 2018A-0416


PI: Antonino Cucchiara, University of the Virgin Islands, antonino.cucchiara@uvi.edu
Address: College of Science and Mathematics, N. 2 Brewers Bay rd., St. Thomas, USVI 00802 United States

CoI: David Morris, University of the Virgin Islands
CoI: Carole Mundell, University of Bath, UK
CoI: Stephen Cenko, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
CoI: Cristiano Guidorzi, Universita di Ferrara

Title: Searching for the first stars “around the clock”

Abstract: Long-Gamma ray bursts can be observed up to the very first epoch of stellar formation (z~20). Unfortunately, their rapidly fading optical/NIR counterparts make it very difficult to obtain accurate information about their progenitors (e.g. well sampled multiband lightcurves) and their distance (e.g. spectroscopic redshift). With this proposal we intend to use the LCO network observatory in order to identify optical/NIR counterparts and provide preliminary information about their high redshift nature (via R-I color and FLOYDS spectroscopy). LCO rapid ToOs will enable the investigation the most interesting objects that may be produced by the first generation of stars. Our collaboration includes also the possibility to use other facilities (like the DCT and RATIR), to further studies the primordial interstellar and intergalactic medium.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 2 (2018A):  LCO-2m-TOO/FLOYDS -- 3hrs


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