The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope

Results & Future Plans

George G Williams, P. A. Milne, H. S. Park, S. D. Barthelmy, D. H. Hartmann, A. Updike, K. Hurley

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Abstract

We provide an overview of the robotic Super-LOTIS (Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System) telescope and present results from gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglow observations using Super-LOTIS and other Steward Observatory telescopes. The 0.6-m Super-LOTIS telescope is a fully robotic system dedicated to the measurement of prompt and early time optical emission from GRBs. The system began routine operations from its Steward Observatory site atop Kitt Peak in April 2000 and currently operates every clear night. The telescope is instrumented with an optical CCD camera and a four position filter wheel. It is capable of observing Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) error boxes as early or earlier than the Swift UV/Optical Telescope (UVOT). Super-LOTIS complements the UVOT observations by providing early R-and I-band imaging. We also use the suite of Steward Observatory telescopes including the 1.6-m Kuiper, the 2.3-m Bok, the 6.5-m MMT, and the 8.4-m Large Binocular Telescope to perform follow-up optical and near infrared observations of GRB afterglows. These follow-up observations have traditionally required human intervention but we are currently working to automate the 1.6-m Kuiper telescope to minimize its response time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages535-538
Number of pages4
Volume1000
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007 - Santa Fe, NM, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2007Nov 9 2007

Other

OtherSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Fe, NM
Period11/5/0711/9/07

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gamma ray bursts
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bursts
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Keywords

  • afterglows
  • gamma-ray bursts
  • Super-LOTIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Williams, G. G., Milne, P. A., Park, H. S., Barthelmy, S. D., Hartmann, D. H., Updike, A., & Hurley, K. (2008). The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope: Results & Future Plans. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1000, pp. 535-538) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943525

The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope : Results & Future Plans. / Williams, George G; Milne, P. A.; Park, H. S.; Barthelmy, S. D.; Hartmann, D. H.; Updike, A.; Hurley, K.

AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000 2008. p. 535-538.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Williams, GG, Milne, PA, Park, HS, Barthelmy, SD, Hartmann, DH, Updike, A & Hurley, K 2008, The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope: Results & Future Plans. in AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 1000, pp. 535-538, Santa Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007, Santa Fe, NM, United States, 11/5/07. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943525
Williams GG, Milne PA, Park HS, Barthelmy SD, Hartmann DH, Updike A et al. The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope: Results & Future Plans. In AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000. 2008. p. 535-538 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943525
Williams, George G ; Milne, P. A. ; Park, H. S. ; Barthelmy, S. D. ; Hartmann, D. H. ; Updike, A. ; Hurley, K. / The Robotic Super-LOTIS Telescope : Results & Future Plans. AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000 2008. pp. 535-538
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