Monitoring LMXBs with the faulkes telescopes

Fraser Lewis, Dave Russell, Rob P. Fender, Paul Roche, J. Simon Clark

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The Faulkes Telescope Project is an educational and research arm of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN). It has two 2-metre robotic telescopes, located at Haleakala on Maui (FT North) and Siding Spring in Australia (FT South). It is planned for these telescopes to be complemented by a research network of eighteen 1-metre telescopes, along with an educational network of twenty-eight 0.4-metre telescopes, providing 24 hour coverage of both northern and southern hemispheres. We have been conducting a monitoring project of 13 low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) using FT North since early 2006. The introduction of FT South has allowed us to extend this to monitor a total of 30 LMXBs (see target list, Section 4). New instrumentation will allow us to expand this project to include both infrared wavelengths (z and y band) and spectroscopy. Brighter targets (∼ 16 - 18 mag.) are imaged weekly in V, R and i' bands (SNR ∼ 50), while fainter ones (> 18 mag.) are observed only in i' band (SNR ∼ 20). We alter this cadence in response to our own analysis or Astronomers Telegrams (ATels).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event7th Microquasar Workshop: Microquasars and Beyond, MQW 2008 - Foca, Izmir, Turkey
Duration: Sep 1 2008Sep 5 2008

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  • Computer Science Applications
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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Monitoring LMXBs with the faulkes telescopes. / Lewis, Fraser; Russell, Dave; Fender, Rob P.; Roche, Paul; Clark, J. Simon.

In: International Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP, 01.12.2008.

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