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Instrumentation of LOTIS--Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System: a fully automated wide-field-of-view telescope system searching for simultaneous optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts
Author(s): Hye-Sook Park; Elden Ables; Scott D. Barthelmy; Richard M. Bionta; Linda L. Ott; Eric L. Parker; George G. Williams
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Paper Abstract

LOTIS is a rapidly slewing wide-field-of-viewtelescope which was designed and constructed to search for simultaneous gamma- ray burst (GRB) optical counterparts. This experiment requires a rapidly slewing (less than 10 sec), wide-field-of-view (greater than 15 degrees celsius), automatic and dedicated telescope. LOTIS utilizes commercial tele-photo lenses and custom 2048 X 2048 CCD cameras to view a 17.6 X 17.6 degree field of view. It can point to any part of the sky within 5 sec and is fully automated. It is connected via Internet socket to the GRB coordinate distribution network which analyzes telemetry from the satellite and delivers GRB coordinate information in real-time. LOTIS started routine operation in Oct. 1996. In the idle time between GRB triggers, LOTIS systematically surveys the entire available sky every night for new optical transients. This paper will describe the system design and performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316790
Show Author Affiliations
Hye-Sook Park, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Elden Ables, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scott D. Barthelmy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard M. Bionta, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Linda L. Ott, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Eric L. Parker, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
George G. Williams, Clemson Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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