Burst Group External Collaboration Overview
Overview of Active or Possible External Collaboration
Name of external person(s), group, or scientific collaboration:RLIM: Robotic Lunar Imaging Monitor
RLIM description (halfway down page)
Brief description of collaborative activity (one sentence):Use the RLIM telescopes to obtain prompt optical images at the sky positions of GW event candidates
Contact person(s) in the LSC+Virgo collaborations:Szabolcs Márka
External contact person(s):Arlin Crotts
How does/would this collaborative activity benefit the LSC and Virgo?An optical transient detected by RLIM could confirm a GW trigger as an actual astrophysical event, localize it, and provide information about the progenitor. Localizing it promptly would allow further follow-up observations by large-aperture telescopes. There are planned to be 3-5 (?) RLIM telescopes around the globe which can follow up GW event candidates whenever the Moon is not up.
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?
The RLIM telescopes have a small field of view, but Márka and Crotts have discussed the potential of dedicating a large fraction of their time to following up GW event candidates -- basically, whenever the Moon is not up. This high availability would allow numerous follow-ups, tiling to cover regions of the sky and nearby galaxies.