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6 July 2018 Opening the dynamic infrared sky
Jamie Soon, Anna M. Moore, Mansi M. Kasliwal, Ryan M. Lau, Kishalay De, Tony D. Travouillon, Mike I. Jones, Eran Ofek, Roger Smith, Valery Terebizh, Dan McKenna, David Hale, Alexandre Delacroix, Scott M. Adams, Jacob E. Jencson, Michael Ashley, Jill Burnham, Jennifer L. Sokoloski, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Ken C. Freeman, Orsola De Marco, Jeff Cooke, Philip Bland, Stuart Ryder, Roberto Soria, Jarek Antoszewski, Alexander Heger, Lee Spitler, Robert Simcoe
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While optical and radio transient surveys have enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade, the dynamic infrared sky remains virtually unexplored from the ground. The infrared is a powerful tool for probing transient events in dusty regions that have high optical extinction, and for detecting the coolest of stars that are bright only at these wavelengths. The fundamental roadblocks in studying the infrared time-domain have been the overwhelmingly bright sky background (250 times brighter than optical) and the narrow field-of-view of infrared cameras (largest is VISTA at 0.6 sq deg). To address these challenges, Palomar Gattini-IR is currently under construction at Palomar Observatory and we propose a further low risk, economical, and agile instrument to be located at Siding Spring Observatory, as well as further instruments which will be located at the high polar regions to take advantage of the low thermal sky emission, particularly in the 2.5 micron region.
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Jamie Soon, Anna M. Moore, Mansi M. Kasliwal, Ryan M. Lau, Kishalay De, Tony D. Travouillon, Mike I. Jones, Eran Ofek, Roger Smith, Valery Terebizh, Dan McKenna, David Hale, Alexandre Delacroix, Scott M. Adams, Jacob E. Jencson, Michael Ashley, Jill Burnham, Jennifer L. Sokoloski, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Ken C. Freeman, Orsola De Marco, Jeff Cooke, Philip Bland, Stuart Ryder, Roberto Soria, Jarek Antoszewski, Alexander Heger, Lee Spitler, and Robert Simcoe "Opening the dynamic infrared sky", Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107004D (6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312731
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KEYWORDS
Telescopes

Infrared telescopes

Observatories

Astronomy

Sensors

Infrared detectors

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