Title

ROTSE-III performance in the Swift era

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

5-19-2006

Abstract

We report the successful performance of the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment (ROTSE) to promptly-disseminated Swift GRB triggers. ROTSE-III is a worldwide network of 4 unfiltered 0.45m optical telescopes. The telescopes operate robotically, automatically responding to GRB position triggers with a preset observations sequence. Including weather and other downtime, ROTSE-III can immediately respond to ∼40% of Swift trigger positions, with shutter open within approximately 6-8 seconds from the trigger dissemination. We discuss improvements made possible in the automated response the the small, accurate Swift error boxes. We report ROTSE-III's general results, including OTs discovered or confirmed, the distribution of imaging start times relative to the GRB duration, and an overview of OT lightcurves. © 2006 American Institute of Physics.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

AIP Conference Proceedings

First Page

349

Last Page

352

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