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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:

LONEOS (Lowell Observatory Near Earth Object Survey)
NASA web page summary

Brief description of collaborative activity (one sentence):

Follow up optical transients with GW detectors. Follow up GW event candidates with optical telescopes.

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

Erik Katsavounidis, Leo Stein, Duncan Brown

External contact person(s):

Chris Stubbs

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

Increase chance of detection. Could confirm and localize a GW event candidate, and provide additional information about its source.

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

Good sky coverage. If so, what is the scientific and/or practical justification for pursuing this particular collaboration?

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).

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

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

Any other comments:

Analysis may involve archival data as well teaming up for real-time follow ups in S6/VSR2. The Lowell Observatory Near Earth Object Survey (LONEOS) offers a wide field CCD camera with a 9 sq. deg. FOV that scans the sky for asteroids. Chris' group can provide lists of anomalous variable sources in the optical that we can pursue in our instrments with S5/VSR1 data. Moreover he made available targetted followup observations, up to two 30sec exposures per night of fields of interest that we define with LIGO/Virgo. Duncan Brown is also interested and involved in talking with Chris.
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