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Detection of short optical transients of astrophysical origin in real time
Author(s): Marcin Sokolowski; Katarzyna Malek; Lech W. Piotrowski; Grzegorz Wrochna
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Paper Abstract

Real-time analysis of data from optical telescopes becomes very important topic in the modern astronomy. Particularly interesting and important is fast automatic identification of short optical transients. Many violent and interesting processes occur on very short timescales. Such kind of processes may be related to gamma-ray bursts, but there are also other interesting processes in the short time regime. One of the biggest problems with their investigation is fast detection and distribution, which would allow deeper studies in the most interesting phase of the event. Thus development of real-time pipelines for identification of optical transients is a very hot topic. Another issue which becomes important is that data streams produced by modern astronomical experiments becomes larger and larger, which requires real-time analysis and pre-selection of only most interesting data. We present implementation of such a pipeline dedicated to identification of optical transients in the "Pi of the Sky" experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7502, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2009, 75020F (6 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.838204
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Marcin Sokolowski, The Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies (Poland)
Katarzyna Malek, Ctr. for Theoretical Physics (Poland)
Lech W. Piotrowski, Univ. of Warsaw (Poland)
Grzegorz Wrochna, The Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7502:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2009
Ryszard S. Romaniuk; Krzysztof S. Kulpa, Editor(s)

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