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Program objectives and specifications for the Ultra-Fast Astronomy observatory
Author(s): Siyang Li; George F. Smoot; Bruce Grossan; Albert Wai Kit Lau; Marzhan Bekbalanova; Mehdi Shafiee; Thorsten Stezelberger
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Paper Abstract

We present program objectives and specifications for the first generation Ultra-Fast Astronomy (UFA) observatory which will explore a new astrophysical phase space by characterizing the variability of the optical (320 nm - 650 nm) sky in the millisecond to nanosecond timescales. One of the first objectives of the UFA observatory will be to search for optical counterparts to fast radio bursts (FRB) that can be used to identify the origins of FRB and probe the epoch of reionization and baryonic matter in the interstellar and intergalactic mediums. The UFA camera will consist of two single-photon resolution fast-response detector 16x16 arrays operated in coincidence mounted on the 0.7 meter Nazarbayev University Transient Telescope at the Assy-Turgen Astrophysical Observatory (NUTTelA-TAO) located near Almaty, Kazakhstan. We are currently developing two readout systems that can measure down to the microsecond and nanosecond timescales and characterizing two silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) and one photomultiplier tube (PMT) to compare the detectors for the UFA observatory and astrophysical observations in general.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11341, AOPC 2019: Space Optics, Telescopes, and Instrumentation, 113411Y (18 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2548169
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Siyang Li, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
George F. Smoot, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Nazarbayev Univ. (Kazakhstan)
Bruce Grossan, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Nazarbayev Univ. (Kazakhstan)
Albert Wai Kit Lau, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Marzhan Bekbalanova, Nazarbayev Univ. (Kazakhstan)
Mehdi Shafiee, Nazarbayev Univ. (Kazakhstan)
Thorsten Stezelberger, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11341:
AOPC 2019: Space Optics, Telescopes, and Instrumentation
Suijian Xue; Xuejun Zhang; Carl Anthony Nardell; Ziyang Zhang, Editor(s)

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