Wide-field dynamic astronomy in the near-infrared with Palomar Gattini-IR and DREAMS

Jamie Soon*, David Adams, Kishalay De, Antony Galla, Matthew Hankins, Mansi M. Kasliwal, Anna M. Moore, Scott M. Adams, Jarek Antoszewski, Michael Ashley, Aliya Nur Babul, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Jeff Cooke, Orsola De Marco, Alexandre Delacroix, Hadrien Devillepoix, Simon C. Ellis, Ken C. Freeman, David Hale, Alexander Heger & 10 others Jacob E. Jencson, Ryan M. Lau, Daniel Mckenna, Eran Ofek, Stuart Ryder, Robert Simcoe, Jennifer L. Sokoloski, Roberto Soria, Roger M. Smith, Tony D. Travouillon

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Abstract

There have been a dramatic increase in the number of optical and radio transient surveys due to astronomical transients such as gravitational waves and gamma ray bursts, however, there have been a limited number of wide-field infrared surveys due to narrow field-of-view and high cost of infrared cameras, we present two new wide-field near-infrared fully automated surveyors; Palomar Gattini-IR and the Dynamic REd All-sky Monitoring Survey (DREAMS). Palomar Gattini-IR, a 25 square degree J-band imager that begun science operations at Palomar Observatory, USA in October 2018; we report on survey strategy as well as telescope and observatory operations and will also providing initial science results. DREAMS is a 3.75 square degree wide-field imager that is planned for Siding Spring Observatory, Australia; we report on the current optical and mechanical design and plans to achieve on-sky results in 2020. DREAMS is on-track to be one of the first astronomical telescopes to use an Indium Galium Arsenide (InGaAs) detector and we report initial on-sky testing results for the selected detector package. DREAMS is also well placed to take advantage and provide near-infrared follow-up of the LSST.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
EditorsSimon Ellis, Céline d'Orgeville
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510631472
ISBN (Print)9781510631465
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume11203
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period9/12/1912/12/19

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Keywords

  • All-sky survey
  • DREAMS
  • Gattini-IR
  • Near-infrared
  • Palomar observatory
  • Siding Spring Observa-tory
  • Transients
  • Wide-field

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    Soon, J., Adams, D., De, K., Galla, A., Hankins, M., Kasliwal, M. M., ... Travouillon, T. D. (2020). Wide-field dynamic astronomy in the near-infrared with Palomar Gattini-IR and DREAMS. In S. Ellis, & C. d'Orgeville (Eds.), Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 [1120307] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 11203). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2539594