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Connecting the time domain community with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
Author(s): Matthew J. Graham; S. G. Djorgovski; Ciro Donalek; Andrew J. Drake; Ashish A. Mahabal; Raymond L. Plante; Jeffrey Kantor; John C. Good
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Paper Abstract

The time domain has been identied as one of the most important areas of astronomical research for the next decade. The Virtual Observatory is in the vanguard with dedicated tools and services that enable and facilitate the discovery, dissemination and analysis of time domain data. These range in scope from rapid notications of time-critical astronomical transients to annotating long-term variables with the latest modelling results. In this paper, we will review the prior art in these areas and focus on the capabilities that the VAO is bringing to bear in support of time domain science. In particular, we will focus on the issues involved with the heterogeneous collections of (ancilllary) data associated with astronomical transients, and the time series characterization and classication tools required by the next generation of sky surveys, such as LSST and SKA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 84480P (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926577
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Matthew J. Graham, California Institute of Technology (United States)
S. G. Djorgovski, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ciro Donalek, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Andrew J. Drake, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ashish A. Mahabal, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Raymond L. Plante, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Jeffrey Kantor, LSST Corp. (United States)
John C. Good, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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