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First Light with RATIR: An Automated 6-band Optical/NIR Imaging Camera
Author(s): Nat Butler; Chris Klein; Ori Fox; Gennadiy Lotkin; Josh Bloom; J. Xavier Prochaska; Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz; José A. de Diego; Leonid Georgiev; Jesús González; William H. Lee; Michael G. Richer; Carlos Román; Alan M. Watson; Neil Gehrels; Alexander Kutyrev; Rebecca Bernstein; Luis Carlos Alvarez; Urania Ceseña; David Clark; Enrique Colorado; Antolín Córdova; Alejandro Farah; Benjamín García; Gerardo Guisa; Joel Herrera; Francisco Lazo; Eduardo López; Esteban Luna; Benjamín Martínez; Francisco Murillo; José Manuel Murillo; Juan Manuel Núñez; M. Herlinda Pedrayes; Fernando Quirós; José Luis Ochoa; Gerardo Sierra; Harvey Moseley; David Rapchun; Frederick D. Robinson; Mathew V. Samuel; Leroy M. Sparr
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Paper Abstract

The Reionization and Transients InfraRed camera (RATIR) is a simultaneous optical/NIR multi-band imaging camera which is 100% time-dedicated to the followup of Gamma-ray Bursts. The camera is mounted on the 1.5-meter Johnson telescope of the Mexican Observatorio Astronomico Nacional on Sierra San Pedro Martir in Baja California. With rapid slew capability and autonomous interrupt capabilities, the system will image GRBs in 6 bands (i, r, Z, Y, J, and H) within minutes of receiving a satellite position, detecting optically faint afterglows in the NIR and quickly alerting the community to potential GRBs at high redshift (z>6-10). We report here on this Spring's first light observing campaign with RATIR. We summarize the instrumental characteristics, capabilities, and observing modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 844610 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926471
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Nat Butler, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Chris Klein, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Ori Fox, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gennadiy Lotkin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Global Science & Technology, Inc. (United States)
Josh Bloom, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
J. Xavier Prochaska, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
José A. de Diego, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Leonid Georgiev, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Jesús González, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
William H. Lee, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Michael G. Richer, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Carlos Román, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Alan M. Watson, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexander Kutyrev, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Rebecca Bernstein, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Luis Carlos Alvarez, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Urania Ceseña, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
David Clark, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Enrique Colorado, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Antolín Córdova, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Alejandro Farah, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Benjamín García, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Gerardo Guisa, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Joel Herrera, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Francisco Lazo, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Eduardo López, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Esteban Luna, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Benjamín Martínez, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Francisco Murillo, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
José Manuel Murillo, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Juan Manuel Núñez, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
M. Herlinda Pedrayes, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Fernando Quirós, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
José Luis Ochoa, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Gerardo Sierra, Instituto de Astronomía, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Harvey Moseley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Rapchun, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Global Science & Technology, Inc. (United States)
Frederick D. Robinson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
Mathew V. Samuel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Global Science & Technology, Inc. (United States)
Leroy M. Sparr, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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