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RINGO: a novel ring polarimeter for rapid GRB followup
Author(s): I. A. Steele; S. D. Bates; D. Carter; D. Clarke; A. Gomboc; C. Guidorzi; A. Melandri; A. Monfardini; C. J. Mottram; C. G. Mundell; A. B. Scott; R. J. Smith; J. Swindlehurst
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and construction of a novel optical ring-polarimeter (RINGO) for the Liverpool Telescope. The instrument is designed for rapid (< 5 minutes) followup observations of Gamma Ray Bursts in order to measure the early time polarization and its evolution for the first time. Sensitivity calculations and data reduction procedures are described, and the results of on-sky commissioning presented. The instrument is now on the telescope and in routine use during GRB followup.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62695M (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670756
Show Author Affiliations
I. A. Steele, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. D. Bates, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. Carter, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. Clarke, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
A. Gomboc, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
C. Guidorzi, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Melandri, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Monfardini, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
ITC-IRST and INFN Trento (Italy)
C. J. Mottram, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
C. G. Mundell, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. B. Scott, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. J. Smith, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. Swindlehurst, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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