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Real-Time Detection of Optical Transients with RAPTOR
Author(s): Konstantin N. Borozdin; Steven P. Brumby; Mark C. Galassi; Katherine McGowan; Daniel Starr; Thomas Vestrand; Robert White; Przemek Wozniak; James A. Wren
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Paper Abstract

Fast variability of optical objects is an interesting though poorly explored subject in modern astronomy. Real-time data processing and identification of transient celestial events in the images is very important for such study as it allows rapid follow-up with more sensitive instruments. We discuss an approach which we have developed for the RAPTOR project, a pioneering closed-loop system combining real-time transient detection with rapid follow-up. RAPTOR's data processing pipeline is able to identify and localize an optical transient within seconds after the observation. The testing we performed so far have been confirming the effectiveness of our method for the optical transient detection. The software pipeline we have developed for RAPTOR can easily be applied to the data from other experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4847, Astronomical Data Analysis II, (19 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461102
Show Author Affiliations
Konstantin N. Borozdin, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Steven P. Brumby, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Mark C. Galassi, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Katherine McGowan, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Daniel Starr, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Thomas Vestrand, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Robert White, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Przemek Wozniak, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James A. Wren, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4847:
Astronomical Data Analysis II
Jean-Luc Starck; Fionn D. Murtagh, Editor(s)

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