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):
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
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
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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