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Automated 1.3m near-infrared telescope system triggered by gamma-ray burst
Author(s): Toshio Murakami; Daisuke Yonetoku; Shin Kinoshita; Hiroki Masui; Shinya Okuno; Satoru Yoshinari; Takashi Kidamura; Sachiko Tanabe; Satoshi Yokota; Yukiyasu Kobayashi; Takao Nakagawa; Takashi Nakamura
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Paper Abstract

The design for robotic telescopes to observe Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) afterglows and the results of observations are presented. Quickly fading bright GRB flashes and afterglows provide a good tool to study an extremely early universe. However, most large ground-based telescopes cannot afford to follow-up the afterglows and flashes quickly within a few hours since a GRB explosion. We re-modeled the existing middle-class 1.3 m &slasho; telescope of the near infrared band at ISAS in Japan to match for the above requirement. We also set a small telescope of 30 cm diameter with a conventional CCD. These telescopes can monitor afterglows quickly within a few minutes in J, H, Ks and R band with a grism spectrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62670G (21 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670135
Show Author Affiliations
Toshio Murakami, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Daisuke Yonetoku, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Shin Kinoshita, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Hiroki Masui, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Shinya Okuno, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Satoru Yoshinari, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Kidamura, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Sachiko Tanabe, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Satoshi Yokota, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Yukiyasu Kobayashi, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
Takao Nakagawa, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Takashi Nakamura, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)

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

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