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.
|Title of host publication||Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII|
|Editors||Heather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, Washington|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jul 2018|
|Event||Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018 - Austin, United States|
Duration: 10 Jun 2018 → 15 Jun 2018
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Conference||Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes VII 2018|
|Period||10/06/18 → 15/06/18|
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- all-sky survey
- Palomar Observatory
- polar regions
- Siding Spring Observatory