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Burst Group External Collaboration Overview

Overview of Active or Possible External Collaboration

Name of external person(s), group, or scientific collaboration:

PanSTARRS [ home ]

Brief description of collaborative activity (one sentence):

Look for GWs at the times of optical transients found with this wide-field imaging facility in Hawaii.

Contact person(s) in the LSC+Virgo collaborations:

Duncan Brown, Erik Katsavounidis

External contact person(s):

Chris Stubbs

How does/would this collaborative activity benefit the LSC and Virgo?

An optical transient which is associated with a GW candidate could confirm it as an actual astrophysical event, localize it, and provide information about the progenitor.

Are there other individuals/groups who could provide similar benefits?

If so, what is the scientific and/or practical justification for pursuing this particular collaboration?
PanSTARRS is carrying out the most sensitive and systematic survey for optical transients in the northern sky. The most similar current project is SkyMapper, which will soon begin a comparable survey of the southern sky. By collaborating with both PanSTARRS and SkyMapper, we will have access to triggers from most of the sky. (Farther in the future, LSST will be the powerhouse all-sky survey project.)

Are any joint proposals planned to be submitted, e.g. for funding or for telescope time?

If so, indicate what will be proposed, to what agency or entity, and who will be listed as the investigator(s).
No (?).

Describe any paper(s) which will/might result from this collaboration

For exceptional optical transients, even if no GW signal is detected, we may want to publish GW upper limits.

What preliminary studies (if any) have been done or are currently being done?

None (?).

Any other comments:

Both inspirals and bursts will be searched for at the times of PanSTARRS triggers.
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