BOOTES-IR: Near IR follow-up GRB observations by a robotic system

Castro-Tirado, A. J. and de Ugarte Postigo, A. and Jelínek, M. and Castillo Carrión, S. and Mateo Sanguino, T. J. and Kubánek, P. and Zerbi, F. and Amado, P. and Cárdenas, C. and Claret, A. and Gorosabel, J. and Martín, S. and Sánchez, M. A. and García Teodoro, P. and Castro Cerón, J. M. and Díaz Verdejo, J. and López Soler, J. M. and Berná Galiano, J. Á. and Casares, J. and Fabregat, J. and Sánchez Fernández, C. and Conconi, P. and Guziy, S. and Vitaly, F. (2005) BOOTES-IR: Near IR follow-up GRB observations by a robotic system. Il nuovo cimento C, 28 (4\5). pp. 719-722. ISSN 1826-9885

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“BOOTES-IR” is the extension of the BOOTES experiment, which operates in Southern Spain since 1998, to the near IR (NIR). The goal is to follow up the early stage of the gamma ray burst (GRB) afterglow emission in the NIR, alike BOOTES does already at optical wavelengths. The scientific case that drives the BOOTES-IR performance is the study of GRBs with the support of spacecraft like INTEGRAL, SWIFT and GLAST. Given that the afterglow emission in both, the NIR and the optical, in the instances immediately following a GRB, is extremely bright (reached V = 8.9 in one case), it should be possible to detect this prompt emission at NIR wavelengths too. The combined observations by BOOTES-IR and BOOTES-1 and BOOTES-2 will allow for real time identification of trustworthy candidates to have a high redshift (z > 5). It is expected that, few minutes after a GRB, the IR magnitudes be H ∼ 7–10, hence very high quality spectra can be obtained for objects as far as z = 10 by larger instruments.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the “4th Workshop on Gamma-Ray Burst in the Afterglow Era”, Rome, October 18-22, 2004.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ground-based ultraviolet, optical and infrared telescopes ; Photography and photometry (including microlensing techniques) ; Spectroscopy and spectrophotometry ; γ-ray sources; γ-ray bursts
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 520 Astronomia e scienze connesse
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 15:20
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 15:20

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