Burst Group External Collaboration Overview
Overview of Active or Possible External Collaboration
Name of external person(s), group, or scientific collaboration:TAROT: Télescopes à Action Rapide pour les Objets Transitoires
TAROT home page
Brief description of collaborative activity (one sentence):Use the TAROT telescopes to obtain prompt optical images at the sky positions of GW event candidates
Contact person(s) in the LSC+Virgo collaborations:None established yet
External contact person(s):None established yet
How does/would this collaborative activity benefit the LSC and Virgo?An optical transient detected by TAROT could confirm a GW trigger as an actual astrophysical event, localize it, and provide information about the progenitor. Also, localizing it promptly would allow further follow-up observations by large-aperture telescopes. TAROT has two telescopes, in France and Chile, which are specifically designed for rapid follow-ups of GRBs and observations of other variable phenomena.
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 ROTSE project is very similar, and we are interested in collaborating with ROTSE too. TAROT and ROTSE together have six telescopes at six different locations around the globe, providing excellent sky coverage.