With substantial funds from the Swift Cycles 5 and 6 Guest Investigator program, we are now building the Reionization And Transients InfraRed (RATIR) camera (see,http://www.ratir.org), a simultaneous optical/NIR multi-band imaging camera which will be 100% time-dedicated to the followup of Swift Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs). Through an existing agreement with UNAM, the camera will be housed on the 1.5m telescope at San Pedro Martir in Baja California starting in 2010. With rapid slew capability and autonomous interrupt capabilities (nearly developed and partiallly implemented now for the 1.5m), the system will image GRBs in 6 bands (i, r, z, Y, J, and H) within minutes of receiving a Swift position, detecting optically faint afterglows in the NIR and quickly alerting the community to potential GRBs at high (>6-10) redshift. For the current proposed effort (in Swift Cycle 7), we are requesting a modest amount of additional funding for travel to the observatory, to continue efforts to develop the telescope scheduling system for observations joint with Swift and also the reduction pipeline, and also to purchase reserve optical filters for the camera.
|Effective start/end date||4/9/12 → 4/8/13|
- NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center: $19,000.00