Early GRB optical and infrared afterglow observations with the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope

Gomboc, A. and Mundell, C. G. and Guidorzi, C. and Monfardini, A. and Mottram, C. J. and Priddey, R. and Smith, R. J. and Pak, S. and Steele, I. A. and Tanvir, N. and Carter, D. and Fraser, S. N. and Bode, M. F. and Newsam, A. M. and Hughes, M. (2005) Early GRB optical and infrared afterglow observations with the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope. Il nuovo cimento C, 28 (4\5). pp. 723-726. ISSN 1826-9885

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We present the first optical observations of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) afterglow using the 2-m robotic Liverpool Telescope (LT), which is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University and situated on La Palma. We briefly discuss the capabilities of LT and its suitability for rapid follow-up observations of early optical and infrared GRB light curves. In particular, the combination of aperture, site, instrumentation and rapid response (robotic over-ride mode aided by telescope’s rapid slew and fully-opening enclosure) makes the LT ideal for investigating the nature of short bursts, optically-dark bursts, and GRB blast-wave physics in general. We briefly describe the LT’s key position in the RoboNet-1.0 network of robotic telescopes. We present the LT observations of GRB041006 and use its gamma-ray properties to predict the time of the break in optical light curve, a prediction consistent with the observations.

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 ; 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 15:21
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 15:21
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/15863

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