CY-7 The Reionization and Transients IR Camera: A High-z GRB Search Machine

Project: Research project

Description

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.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/9/124/8/13

Funding

  • NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center: $19,000.00

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gamma ray bursts
cameras
telescopes
Lower California (Mexico)
cycles
scheduling
optical filters
afterglows
travel
observatories