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BOOTES-IR: a robotic nIR astronomical observatory devoted to follow-up of transient phenomena
Author(s): A. J. Castro-Tirado; R. Cunniffe; A. de Ugarte Postigo; M. Jelínek; S. Vitek; P. Kubánek; J. Gorosabel; S. Castillo Carrión; T. J. Mateo Sanguino; A. Riva; P. Conconi; V. di Caprio; F. Zerbi; P. Amado; C. Cárdenas; A. Claret; S. Guziy; S. Martín-Ruiz; M. A. Sánchez; P. García Teodoro; J. M. Castro Cerón; J. Díaz Verdejo; R. Hudec; J. M. López Soler; J. Á. Berná Galiano; J. Casares; J. Fabregat; P. Páta; C. Sánchez Fernández; M. D. Sabau-Graziati; J. M. Trigo-Rodríguez; F. Vitali
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Paper Abstract

"BOOTES-IR" is the extension of the BOOTES experiment, which has been operating in Southern Spain since 1998, to the near-infrared (nIR). The goal is to follow up the early stage of the gamma ray burst (GRB) afterglow emission in the nIR, as BOOTES does already at optical wavelengths. The scientific case that drives the BOOTES-IR performance is the study of GRBs with the support of spacecraft like HETE-2, INTEGRAL and SWIFT (and GLAST in the future). Given that the afterglow emission in both, the nIR and the optical, in the instances immediately following a GRB, is extremely bright (reached V = 8.9 in one case), it should be possible to detect this prompt emission at nIR wavelengths too. Combined observations by BOOTES-IR and BOOTES-1 and BOOTES-2 since 2006 can allow for real time identification of trustworthy candidates to have a ultra-high redshift (z > 6). It is expected that, few minutes after a GRB, the nIR magnitudes be H ~ 10-15, hence very high quality spectra can be obtained for objects as far as z = 10 by much larger ground-based telescopes. A significant fraction of observing time will be available for other scientific projects of interest, objects relatively bright and variable, like Solar System objects, brown dwarfs, variable stars, planetary nebulae, compact objects in binary systems and blazars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62670I (11 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671579
Show Author Affiliations
A. J. Castro-Tirado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
R. Cunniffe, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
A. de Ugarte Postigo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
M. Jelínek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
S. Vitek, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
P. Kubánek, Astronomický Ústav (Czech Republic)
J. Gorosabel, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
S. Castillo Carrión, Univ. de Huelva (Spain)
T. J. Mateo Sanguino, Univ. de Huelva (Spain)
A. Riva, Osservatorio Astronomico di Merate (Italy)
P. Conconi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Merate (Italy)
V. di Caprio, Osservatorio Astronomico di Merate (Italy)
F. Zerbi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Merate (Italy)
P. Amado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
C. Cárdenas, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
A. Claret, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
S. Guziy, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
S. Martín-Ruiz, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
M. A. Sánchez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
P. García Teodoro, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
J. M. Castro Cerón, Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada (Spain)
J. Díaz Verdejo, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
R. Hudec, Astronomický Ústav (Czech Republic)
J. M. López Soler, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
J. Á. Berná Galiano, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
J. Casares, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
J. Fabregat, Univ. de València (Spain)
P. Páta, Czech Technical Univ. Prague (Czech Republic)
C. Sánchez Fernández, ESAC (Spain)
M. D. Sabau-Graziati, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain)
J. M. Trigo-Rodríguez, Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (Spain)
F. Vitali, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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