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Title: Followup Observations in the Swift Era


1
Followup Observations in the Swift Era
  • S. R. Kulkarni
  • California Institute of Technology

2
New at Palomar
  • Palomar 60-inch now automated
  • Goal Produce uniform set of light
    curves
  • Fox (Project Scientist),
    Harrison Kulkarni (PI)
  • CCD filter wheel (focus on I, z
    bands)
  • 20 Caltech Community (only Q
    scheduled)
  • 10 IPAC (Q scheduled Data
    Pipeline and Archive)
  • 70 GRB Team (all TOO)
  • Palomar 24-inch robotic telescope
  • Brown (PI) First light April 2004
  • 20 SRK
  • CCD filter wheel

3
Radio Followup
  • Will there be sufficient resources?
  • Need radio light curves for many bursts
    (ordinary and otherwise)
  • But, few radio facilities (cf optical
    facilities)
  • Our large VLA/BeppoSAX Large program
    1hr/day
  • gtgt Suggest aggressive WSRT ATCA
    program
  • Radio monitoring would be useful (especially
  • for supernovae and other transients)
  • refurbish old facilities?
  • e.g. 40-m OVRO telescope
  • linkup with JPL DSN upgrade
    project?

4
First few months Shared Risk
  • Maintain transparency
  • View community at large as volunteers to help out
    the project
  • Astronomers understand error radii, stochastic
    and systematic errors
  • Rough fluences and fluxes should be a part and
    parcel of every event

5
Routine Operations
  • An impressive number of followup facilities have
    been organized in response to Swift.
  • - Robotic Telescopes
  • - Large Telescope Key projects
  • - Existing Networks are ready to go
  • Host galaxy studies will lag other studies.
  • This is not a major issue.

6
Followup Architecture
  • Plan A Swift project spearheads followup.
  • Organization of such a large followup program
    is logistically hard.
  • Plan B GCN as the central clearing house.
  • Assumes organic growth of community
    based efforts.
  • Swift sold as community mission.
  • gtgt Suggest a workshop in Spring.

7
Swift Response My view
  • Have a default X-ray/UVOT observing sequence
  • Helps the community plan followup
  • Uniform data sets will be one of the
    legacies of Swift
  • Exceptions to be made for exceptional bursts
  • Announce these via GCN.

8
Advice to Team
  • Please publish Swift-specific papers rapidly
  • Obviously morale booster for team
  • Energizes community to respond with
  • followup papers
  • Publish Swift catalog every six months
  • This will drive synthesis studies
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