Searches After Gravitational-waves Using ARizona Observatories (SAGUARO): System Overview and First Results from Advanced LIGO/Virgo’s Third Observing Run

M. J. Lundquist, K. Paterson, W. Fong, D. J. Sand, J. E. Andrews, I. Shivaei, P. N. Daly, S. Valenti, S. Yang, E. Christensen, A. R. Gibbs, F. Shelly, S. Wyatt, O. Kuhn, R. C. Amaro, I. Arcavi, P. Behroozi, N. Butler, L. Chomiuk, A. CorsiM. R. Drout, E. Egami, X. Fan, R. J. Foley, B. Frye, P. Gabor, E. M. Green, C. J. Grier, F. Guzman, E. Hamden, D. A. Howell, B. T. Jannuzi, P. Kelly, P. Milne, M. Moe, A. Nugent, E. Olszewski, E. Palazzi, V. Paschalidis, D. Psaltis, D. Reichart, A. Rest, A. Rossi, G. Schroeder, P. S. Smith, N. Smith, K. Spekkens, J. Strader, D. P. Stark, D. Trilling, C. Veillet, M. Wagner, B. Weiner, J. C. Wheeler, G. G. Williams, A. Zabludoff

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Abstract

We present Searches After Gravitational-waves Using ARizona Observatories (SAGUARO), a comprehensive effort dedicated to the discovery and characterization of optical counterparts to gravitational wave (GW) events. SAGUARO utilizes ground-based facilities ranging from 1.5m to 10m in diameter, located primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. We provide an overview of SAGUARO’s telescopic resources, pipeline for transient detection, and database for candidate visualization. We describe SAGUARO’s discovery component, which utilizes the 5 deg2 field-of-view optical imager on the Mt. Lemmon 1.5m telescope, reaching limits of ≈ 21.3 AB mag while rapidly tiling large areas. We also describe the follow-up component of SAGUARO, used for rapid vetting and monitoring of

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jun 14 2019

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