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. FreemanOrsola 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII
    EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio
    Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781510619548
    ISBN (Print)9781510619531
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2018
    EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018 - Austin, United States
    Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X
    ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


    ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

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    • all-sky survey
    • Antarctica
    • DREAMS
    • Gattini-IR
    • infrared
    • Palomar Observatory
    • polar regions
    • Siding Spring Observatory


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