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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (30)
 
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Publications Authored By P. R. Wozniak

The paper presents an analysis of Polish Fireball Network (PFN) observations of enhanced activity of the Southern Taurid meteor shower in 2005 and 2015. In 2005, between October 20 and November 10, seven stations of PFN determined 107 accurate orbits with 37 of them belonging to the Southern Taurid shower. In the same period of 2015, 25 stations of PFN recorded 719 accurate orbits with 215 orbits of the Southern Taurids. Read More

With the advent of new wide-field, high-cadence optical transient surveys, our understanding of the diversity of core-collapse supernovae has grown tremendously in the last decade. However, the pre-supernova evolution of massive stars, that sets the physical backdrop to these violent events, is theoretically not well understood and difficult to probe observationally. Here we report the discovery of the supernova iPTF13dqy = SN 2013fs, a mere ~3 hr after explosion. Read More

We present a radio-quiet quasar at z=0.237 discovered "turning on" by the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF). The transient, iPTF 16bco, was detected by iPTF in the nucleus of a galaxy with an archival SDSS spectrum with weak narrow-line emission characteristic of a low-ionization emission line region (LINER). Read More

This manuscript presents information for all supernovae discovered by the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) during 2015, its second full year of operations. The same information is presented for bright ($m_V\leq17$), spectroscopically confirmed supernovae discovered by other sources in 2015. As with the first ASAS-SN bright supernova catalog, we also present redshifts and near-UV through IR magnitudes for all supernova host galaxies in both samples. Read More

We present the light curves of the hydrogen-poor superluminous supernovae (SLSNe-I) PTF12dam and iPTF13dcc, discovered by the (intermediate) Palomar Transient Factory. Both show excess emission at early times and a slowly declining light curve at late times. The early bump in PTF12dam is very similar in duration (~10 days) and brightness relative to the main peak (2-3 mag fainter) compared to those observed in other SLSNe-I. Read More

Type Ibn supernovae (SNe) are a small yet intriguing class of explosions whose spectra are characterized by low-velocity helium emission lines with little to no evidence for hydrogen. The prevailing theory has been that these are the core-collapse explosions of very massive stars embedded in helium-rich circumstellar material (CSM). We report optical observations of six new SNe Ibn: PTF11rfh, PTF12ldy, iPTF14aki, iPTF15ul, SN 2015G, and iPTF15akq. Read More

We present the results of optical, near-infrared, and mid-infrared observations of M101 OT2015-1 (PSN J14021678+5426205), a luminous red transient in the Pinwheel galaxy (M101), spanning a total of 16 years. The lightcurve showed two distinct peaks with absolute magnitudes $M_r\leq-12.4$ and $M_r \simeq-12$, on 2014 November 11 and 2015 February 17, respectively. Read More

The possibility of focusing light to an ever tighter spot has important implications for many applications and fields of optics research, such as nano-optics and plasmonics, laser-scanning microscopy, optical data storage and many more. The size of lateral features of the field at the focus depends on several parameters, including the numerical aperture of the focusing system, but also the wavelength and polarization, phase and intensity distribution of the input beam. Here, we study the smallest achievable focal feature sizes of coherent superpositions of two co-propagating beams carrying opposite orbital angular momentum. Read More

Type Ic supernovae (SNe Ic) arise from the core-collapse of H (and He) poor stars, which could be either single WR stars or lower-mass stars stripped of their envelope by a companion. Their light curves are radioactively powered and usually show a fast rise to peak ($\sim$10-15 d), without any early (first few days) emission bumps (with the exception of broad-lined SNe Ic) as sometimes seen for other types of stripped-envelope SNe (e.g. Read More

Temporal variability of narrow absorption lines in high-resolution spectra of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) is studied to search for circumstellar matter. Time series which resolve the profiles of absorption lines such as Na I D or Ca II H&K are expected to reveal variations due to photoionisation and subsequent recombination of the gases. The presence, composition, and geometry of circumstellar matter may hint at the elusive progenitor system of SNe Ia and could also affect the observed reddening law. Read More

We present basic statistics for all supernovae discovered by the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) during its first year-and-a-half of operations, spanning 2013 and 2014. We also present the same information for all other bright ($m_V\leq17$), spectroscopically confirmed supernovae discovered from 2014 May 1 through the end of 2014, providing a comparison to the ASAS-SN sample starting from the point where ASAS-SN became operational in both hemispheres. In addition, we present collected redshifts and near-UV through IR magnitudes, where available, for all host galaxies of the bright supernovae in both samples. Read More

We report photometric and spectroscopic observations of the optical transient LSQ13zm. Historical data reveal the presence of an eruptive episode (that we label as `2013a') followed by a much brighter outburst (`2013b') three weeks later, that we argue to be the genuine supernova explosion. This sequence of events closely resemble those observed for SN2010mc and (in 2012) SN2009ip. Read More

Supernova (SN) 1987A was a peculiar H-rich event with a long-rising (LR) light curve (LC), stemming from a compact blue supergiant star (BSG). Only a few similar events have been presented in the literature. We present new data for a sample of 6 LR Type II SNe (SNe II), 3 of which were discovered and observed by the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and 3 observed by the Caltech Core-Collapse Project (CCCP). Read More

Temporal and spectral information extracted from a stream of photons received from astronomical sources is the foundation on which we build understanding of various objects and processes in the Universe. Typically astronomers fit a number of models separately to light curves and spectra to extract relevant features. These features are then used to classify, identify, and understand the nature of the sources. Read More

Chirality is an intriguing property of certain molecules, materials or artificial nanostructures, which allows them to interact with the spin angular momentum of the impinging light field. Due to their chiral geometry, they can distinguish between left- and right-hand circular polarization states or convert them into each other. Here, we introduce a novel approach towards optical chirality, which is observed in individual two-dimensional and geometrically mirror-symmetric nanostructures. Read More

Extreme coronal-line emitter (ECLE) SDSSJ095209.56+214313.3, known by its strong, fading, high ionization lines, has been a long standing candidate for a tidal disruption event, however a supernova origin has not yet been ruled out. Read More

Studies of high-redshift gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) provide important information about the early Universe such as the rates of stellar collapsars and mergers, the metallicity content, constraints on the re-ionization period, and probes of the Hubble expansion. Rapid selection of high-z candidates from GRB samples reported in real time by dedicated space missions such as Swift is the key to identifying the most distant bursts before the optical afterglow becomes too dim to warrant a good spectrum. Here we introduce "machine-z", a redshift prediction algorithm and a "high-z" classifier for Swift GRBs based on machine learning. Read More

Supernovae (SNe) embedded in dense circumstellar material (CSM) may show prominent emission lines in their early-time spectra ($\leq 10$ days after the explosion), owing to recombination of the CSM ionized by the shock-breakout flash. From such spectra ("flash spectroscopy"), we can measure various physical properties of the CSM, as well as the mass-loss rate of the progenitor during the year prior to its explosion. Searching through the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF and iPTF) SN spectroscopy databases from 2009 through 2014, we found 12 Type II SNe showing flash-ionized (FI) signatures in their first spectra. Read More

During the first few days after explosion, Type II supernovae (SNe) are dominated by relatively simple physics. Theoretical predictions regarding early-time SN light curves in the ultraviolet (UV) and optical bands are thus quite robust. We present, for the first time, a sample of $57$ $R$-band Type II SN light curves that are well monitored during their rise, having $>5$ detections during the first 10 days after discovery, and a well-constrained time of explosion to within $1-3$ days. Read More

Controlling the propagation and coupling of light to sub-wavelength antennas is a crucial prerequisite for many nanoscale optical devices. Recently, the main focus of attention has been directed towards high-refractive-index materials such as silicon as an integral part of the antenna design. This development is motivated by the rich spectral properties of individual high-refractive-index nanoparticles. Read More

The direct writing using a focused electron beam allows for fabricating truly three-dimensional structures of sub-wavelength dimensions in the visible spectral regime. The resulting sophisticated geometries are perfectly suited for studying light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Their overall optical response will strongly depend not only on geometry but also on the optical properties of the deposited material. Read More

2015Aug
Affiliations: 1Caltech, 2SDSU, 3Weizmann, 4Weizmann, 5Liverpool, 6Copenhagen, 7Weizmann, 8Weizmann, 9Weizmann, 10Caltech, 11GSFC, 12Caltech, 13Caltech, 14LBNL, 15JPL, 16Los Alamos, 17Weizmann

iPTF13ehe is a hydrogen-poor superluminous supernova (SLSN) at z=0.3434, with a slow-evolving light curve and spectral features similar to SN2007bi. It rises within (83-148)days (rest-frame) to reach a peak bolometric luminosity of 1. Read More

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are detectable out to very large distances and as such are potentially powerful cosmological probes. Historically, the angular distribution of GRBs provided important information about their origin and physical properties. As a general population, GRBs are distributed isotropically across the sky. Read More

We report the discovery of ASASSN-15lh (SN 2015L), which we interpret as the most luminous supernova yet found. At redshift z = 0.2326, ASASSN-15lh reached an absolute magnitude of M_{u,AB} = -23. Read More

We present ground-based and Swift photometric and spectroscopic observations of the candidate tidal disruption event (TDE) ASASSN-14li, found at the center of PGC 043234 ($d\simeq90$ Mpc) by the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN). The source had a peak bolometric luminosity of $L\simeq10^{44}$ ergs s$^{-1}$ and a total integrated energy of $E\simeq7\times10^{50}$ ergs radiated over the $\sim6$ months of observations presented. The UV/optical emission of the source is well-fit by a blackbody with roughly constant temperature of $T\sim35,000$ K, while the luminosity declines by roughly a factor of 16 over this time. Read More

Type Ia supernovae are destructive explosions of carbon oxygen white dwarfs. Although they are used empirically to measure cosmological distances, the nature of their progenitors remains mysterious, One of the leading progenitor models, called the single degenerate channel, hypothesizes that a white dwarf accretes matter from a companion star and the resulting increase in its central pressure and temperature ignites thermonuclear explosion. Here we report observations of strong but declining ultraviolet emission from a Type Ia supernova within four days of its explosion. Read More

The complex multiwavelength emission of GRB afterglow 130427A (monitored in the radio up to 10 days, in the optical and X-ray until 50 days, and at GeV energies until 1 day) can be accounted for by a hybrid reverse-forward shock synchrotron model, with inverse-Compton emerging only above a few GeV. The high ratio of the early optical to late radio flux requires that the ambient medium is a wind and that the forward-shock synchrotron spectrum peaks in the optical at about 10 ks. The latter has two consequences: the wind must be very tenuous and the optical emission before 10 ks must arise from the reverse-shock, as suggested also by the bright optical flash that Raptor has monitored during the prompt emission phase (<100 s). Read More

The optical light that is generated simultaneously with the x-rays and gamma-rays during a gamma-ray burst (GRB) provides clues about the nature of the explosions that occur as massive stars collapse to form black holes. We report on the bright optical flash and fading afterglow from the powerful burst GRB 130427A and present a comparison with the properties of the gamma-ray emission that show correlation of the optical and >100 MeV photon flux light curves during the first 7,000 seconds. We attribute this correlation to co-generation in an external shock. Read More

Hundreds of Type 2 quasars have been identified in Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data, and there is substantial evidence that they are generally galaxies with highly obscured central engines, in accord with unified models for active galactic nuclei (AGNs). A straightforward expectation of unified models is that highly obscured Type 2 AGNs should show little or no optical variability on timescales of days to years. As a test of this prediction, we have carried out a search for variability in Type 2 quasars in SDSS Stripe 82 using difference-imaging photometry. Read More

We investigate the effect that the absorption of high-energy (above 100 MeV) photons produced in GRB afterglow shocks has on the light-curves and spectra of Fermi-LAT afterglows. Afterglows produced by the interaction of a relativistic outflow with a wind-like medium peak when the blast-wave deceleration sets in, and the afterglow spectrum could be hardening before that peak, as the optical thickness to pair-formation is decreasing. In contrast, in afterglows produced in the interaction with a homogeneous medium, the optical thickness to pair-formation should increase and yield a light-curve peak when it reaches unity, followed by a fast light-curve decay, accompanied by a spectral softening. Read More

We describe the construction of a highly reliable sample of approximately 7,000 optically faint periodic variable stars with light curves obtained by the asteroid survey LINEAR across 10,000 sq.deg of northern sky. Majority of these variables have not been cataloged yet. Read More

We discuss the results of the analysis of multi-wavelength data for the afterglows of GRB 081007 and GRB 090424, two bursts detected by Swift. One of them, GRB 081007, also shows a spectroscopically confirmed supernova, SN 2008hw, which resembles SN 1998bw in its absorption features, while the maximum luminosity is only about half as large as that of SN 1998bw. Bright optical flashes have been detected in both events, which allows us to derive solid constraints on the circumburst-matter density profile. Read More

We present a sample of ~5,000 RR Lyrae stars selected from the recalibrated LINEAR dataset and detected at heliocentric distances between 5 kpc and 30 kpc over ~8,000 deg^2 of sky. The coordinates and light curve properties, such as period and Oosterhoff type, are made publicly available. We find evidence for the Oosterhoff dichotomy among field RR Lyrae stars, with the ratio of the type II and I subsamples of about 1:4. Read More

The peaks of 30 optical afterglows and 14 X-ray light-curves display a good anticorrelation of the peak flux with the peak epoch: F_p ~ t_p^{-2.0} in the optical, F_p ~ t_p^{-1.6} in the X-ray, the distributions of the peak epochs being consistent with each other. Read More

2013Jan
Affiliations: 1Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2Warsaw University Observatory

We consider density estimators based on the nearest neighbors method applied to discrete point distibutions in spaces of arbitrary dimensionality. If the density is constant, the volume of a hypersphere centered at a random location is proportional to the expected number of points falling within the hypersphere radius. The distance to the $N$-th nearest neighbor alone is then a sufficient statistic for the density. Read More

We model the time-variable absorption of FeII, FeIII, SiII, CII and CrII detected in UVES spectra of GRB 080310, with the afterglow radiation exciting and ionizing the interstellar medium in the host galaxy at a redshift of z=2.42743. To estimate the rest-frame afterglow brightness as a function of time, we use a combination of the optical VRI photometry obtained by the RAPTOR-T telescope array -- which are presented in this paper -- and Swift's X-Ray Telescope observations. Read More

2012Feb
Affiliations: 1Institut fuer Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen/DE, 2Westfalen-Kolleg, Dortmund/DE, 3Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University, Krakow/PL, 4Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE, 5Vihorlat Observatory, Humenne/SK, 6Institut fuer Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen/DE, 7Institut fuer Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen/DE, 8Academy of Sciences, Ondrejov/CZ, 9Institut fuer Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen/DE, 10Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory, Warszawa/PL, 11Astronomical Institute, Charles University, Praha/CZ, 12Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM/USA, 13Astronomical Institute, Charles University, Praha/CZ, 14Westfalen-Kolleg, Dortmund/DE, 15Westfalen-Kolleg, Dortmund/DE, 16Westfalen-Kolleg, Dortmund/DE, 17Westfalen-Kolleg, Dortmund/DE, 18Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE, 19Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE, 20Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE, 21Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE, 22Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Goettingen/DE

We report new mid-eclipse times of the two close binaries NSVS14256825 and HS0705+6700, harboring an sdB primary and a low-mass main-sequence secondary. Both objects display clear variations in the measured orbital period, which can be explained by the action of a third object orbiting the binary. If this interpretation is correct, the third object in NSVS14256825 is a giant planet with a mass of roughly 12 M_Jup. Read More

VOEvent defines the content and meaning of a standard information packet for representing, transmitting, publishing and archiving information about a transient celestial event, with the implication that timely follow-up is of interest. The objective is to motivate the observation of targets-of-opportunity, to drive robotic telescopes, to trigger archive searches, and to alert the community. VOEvent is focused on the reporting of photon events, but events mediated by disparate phenomena such as neutrinos, gravitational waves, and solar or atmospheric particle bursts may also be reported. Read More

We describe photometric recalibration of data obtained by the asteroid survey LINEAR. Although LINEAR was designed for astrometric discovery of moving objects, the dataset described here contains over 5 billion photometric measurements for about 25 million objects, mostly stars. We use SDSS data from the overlapping ~10,000 deg^2 of sky to recalibrate LINEAR photometry, and achieve errors of 0. Read More

We report the discovery of a six-month-long mid-infrared transient, SDWFS-MT-1 (aka SN 2007va), in the Spitzer Deep, Wide-Field Survey of the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey Bootes field. The transient, located in a z=0.19 low luminosity (M_[4. Read More

2009Dec
Authors: LSST Science Collaboration, Paul A. Abell1, Julius Allison2, Scott F. Anderson3, John R. Andrew4, J. Roger P. Angel5, Lee Armus6, David Arnett7, S. J. Asztalos8, Tim S. Axelrod9, Stephen Bailey10, D. R. Ballantyne11, Justin R. Bankert12, Wayne A. Barkhouse13, Jeffrey D. Barr14, L. Felipe Barrientos15, Aaron J. Barth16, James G. Bartlett17, Andrew C. Becker18, Jacek Becla19, Timothy C. Beers20, Joseph P. Bernstein21, Rahul Biswas22, Michael R. Blanton23, Joshua S. Bloom24, John J. Bochanski25, Pat Boeshaar26, Kirk D. Borne27, Marusa Bradac28, W. N. Brandt29, Carrie R. Bridge30, Michael E. Brown31, Robert J. Brunner32, James S. Bullock33, Adam J. Burgasser34, James H. Burge35, David L. Burke36, Phillip A. Cargile37, Srinivasan Chandrasekharan38, George Chartas39, Steven R. Chesley40, You-Hua Chu41, David Cinabro42, Mark W. Claire43, Charles F. Claver44, Douglas Clowe45, A. J. Connolly46, Kem H. Cook47, Jeff Cooke48, Asantha Cooray49, Kevin R. Covey50, Christopher S. Culliton51, Roelof de Jong52, Willem H. de Vries53, Victor P. Debattista54, Francisco Delgado55, Ian P. Dell'Antonio56, Saurav Dhital57, Rosanne Di Stefano58, Mark Dickinson59, Benjamin Dilday60, S. G. Djorgovski61, Gregory Dobler62, Ciro Donalek63, Gregory Dubois-Felsmann64, Josef Durech65, Ardis Eliasdottir66, Michael Eracleous67, Laurent Eyer68, Emilio E. Falco69, Xiaohui Fan70, Christopher D. Fassnacht71, Harry C. Ferguson72, Yanga R. Fernandez73, Brian D. Fields74, Douglas Finkbeiner75, Eduardo E. Figueroa76, Derek B. Fox77, Harold Francke78, James S. Frank79, Josh Frieman80, Sebastien Fromenteau81, Muhammad Furqan82, Gaspar Galaz83, A. Gal-Yam84, Peter Garnavich85, Eric Gawiser86, John Geary87, Perry Gee88, Robert R. Gibson89, Kirk Gilmore90, Emily A. Grace91, Richard F. Green92, William J. Gressler93, Carl J. Grillmair94, Salman Habib95, J. S. Haggerty96, Mario Hamuy97, Alan W. Harris98, Suzanne L. Hawley99, Alan F. Heavens100, Leslie Hebb101, Todd J. Henry102, Edward Hileman103, Eric J. Hilton104, Keri Hoadley105, J. B. Holberg106, Matt J. Holman107, Steve B. Howell108, Leopoldo Infante109, Zeljko Ivezic110, Suzanne H. Jacoby111, Bhuvnesh Jain112, R113, Jedicke114, M. James Jee115, J. Garrett Jernigan116, Saurabh W. Jha117, Kathryn V. Johnston118, R. Lynne Jones119, Mario Juric120, Mikko Kaasalainen121, Styliani122, Kafka, Steven M. Kahn, Nathan A. Kaib, Jason Kalirai, Jeff Kantor, Mansi M. Kasliwal, Charles R. Keeton, Richard Kessler, Zoran Knezevic, Adam Kowalski, Victor L. Krabbendam, K. Simon Krughoff, Shrinivas Kulkarni, Stephen Kuhlman, Mark Lacy, Sebastien Lepine, Ming Liang, Amy Lien, Paulina Lira, Knox S. Long, Suzanne Lorenz, Jennifer M. Lotz, R. H. Lupton, Julie Lutz, Lucas M. Macri, Ashish A. Mahabal, Rachel Mandelbaum, Phil Marshall, Morgan May, Peregrine M. McGehee, Brian T. Meadows, Alan Meert, Andrea Milani, Christopher J. Miller, Michelle Miller, David Mills, Dante Minniti, David Monet, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ehud Nakar, Douglas R. Neill, Jeffrey A. Newman, Sergei Nikolaev, Martin Nordby, Paul O'Connor, Masamune Oguri, John Oliver, Scot S. Olivier, Julia K. Olsen, Knut Olsen, Edward W. Olszewski, Hakeem Oluseyi, Nelson D. Padilla, Alex Parker, Joshua Pepper, John R. Peterson, Catherine Petry, Philip A. Pinto, James L. Pizagno, Bogdan Popescu, Andrej Prsa, Veljko Radcka, M. Jordan Raddick, Andrew Rasmussen, Arne Rau, Jeonghee Rho, James E. Rhoads, Gordon T. Richards, Stephen T. Ridgway, Brant E. Robertson, Rok Roskar, Abhijit Saha, Ata Sarajedini, Evan Scannapieco, Terry Schalk, Rafe Schindler, Samuel Schmidt, Sarah Schmidt, Donald P. Schneider, German Schumacher, Ryan Scranton, Jacques Sebag, Lynn G. Seppala, Ohad Shemmer, Joshua D. Simon, M. Sivertz, Howard A. Smith, J. Allyn Smith, Nathan Smith, Anna H. Spitz, Adam Stanford, Keivan G. Stassun, Jay Strader, Michael A. Strauss, Christopher W. Stubbs, Donald W. Sweeney, Alex Szalay, Paula Szkody, Masahiro Takada, Paul Thorman, David E. Trilling, Virginia Trimble, Anthony Tyson, Richard Van Berg, Daniel Vanden Berk, Jake VanderPlas, Licia Verde, Bojan Vrsnak, Lucianne M. Walkowicz, Benjamin D. Wandelt, Sheng Wang, Yun Wang, Michael Warner, Risa H. Wechsler, Andrew A. West, Oliver Wiecha, Benjamin F. Williams, Beth Willman, David Wittman, Sidney C. Wolff, W. Michael Wood-Vasey, Przemek Wozniak, Patrick Young, Andrew Zentner, Hu Zhan
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A survey that can cover the sky in optical bands over wide fields to faint magnitudes with a fast cadence will enable many of the exciting science opportunities of the next decade. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will have an effective aperture of 6.7 meters and an imaging camera with field of view of 9. Read More

2009Feb
Affiliations: 1UC Berkeley, 2LANL, 3MIT, 4Columbia, 5MIT, 6U. Washington, 7U. Washington, 8UC Berkeley, 9Penn State, 10UC Berkeley, 11LLNL/IGPP, 12INAF-Roma, 13INAF-OABr, 14Penn State, 15STSCI, 16LANL, 17Harvard/CfA, 18Clemson, 19Columbia, 20IAS, 21U. Washington, 22Harvard, 23Columbia, 24UC Berkeley, 25Tel Aviv, 26CITA, Toronto, 27UC Berkeley, 28Hebrew U., 29UC Berkeley/LBL, 30Caltech, 31JHU, 32Harvard/CfA, 33Princeton, 34U. Maryland, 35LIGO-MIT, 36CITA, Toronto, 37Harvard/CfA, 38INAF-OABr, 39INAF-Roma, 40LANL

It is widely expected that the coming decade will witness the first direct detection of gravitational waves (GWs). The ground-based LIGO and Virgo GW observatories are being upgraded to advanced sensitivity, and are expected to observe a significant binary merger rate. The launch of The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) would extend the GW window to low frequencies, opening new vistas on dynamical processes involving massive (M >~ 10^5 M_Sun) black holes. Read More

2008Oct
Affiliations: 1Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2Los Alamos National Laboratory, 3Los Alamos National Laboratory, 4Los Alamos National Laboratory, 5Los Alamos National Laboratory, 6Los Alamos National Laboratory
Category: Astrophysics

On 19 March 2008, the northern sky was the stage of a spectacular optical transient that for a few seconds remained visible to the naked eye. The transient was associated with GRB 080319B, a gamma-ray burst at a luminosity distance of about 6 Gpc (standard cosmology), making it the most luminous optical object ever recorded by human kind. We present comprehensive sky monitoring and multi-color optical follow-up observations of GRB 080319B collected by the RAPTOR telescope network covering the development of the explosion and the afterglow before, during, and after the burst. Read More

2007Jul
Affiliations: 1Kapteyn Astronomical Institute;, 2Los Alamos National Laboratory;, 3Univ. of Manchester;, 4Princeton University Observatory;
Category: Astrophysics

Gravitational microlensing surveys target very dense stellar fields in the local group. As a consequence the microlensed source stars are often blended with nearby unresolved stars. The presence of `blending' is a cause of major uncertainty when determining the lensing properties of events towards the Galactic centre. Read More

We report on observations of a gamma-ray burst (GRB 061126) with an extremely bright (R ~ 12 mag at peak) early-time optical afterglow. The optical afterglow is already fading as a power law 22 seconds after the trigger, with no detectable prompt contribution in our first exposure, which was coincident with a large prompt-emission gamma-ray pulse. The optical--infrared photometric spectral energy distribution is an excellent fit to a power law, but it exhibits a moderate red-to-blue evolution in the spectral index at about 500 s after the burst. Read More

2007Jan
Affiliations: 1Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK, 2Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, 3Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK, 4Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK
Category: Astrophysics

We present a direct detection of the gravitational lens that caused the microlensing event MACHO-95-BLG-37. This is the first fully resolved microlensing system involving a source in the Galactic bulge, and the second such system in general. The lens and source are clearly resolved in images taken with the High Resolution Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ~9 years after the microlensing event. Read More