A GALAXY-TARGETED FOR FAST-EVOLVING TRANSIENTS WITH TESS

  • Villar, Ashley (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

THE DISCOVERY OF FAST-EVOLVING TRANSIENTS (FETS) HAS CHALLENGED OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EXTRAGALACTIC TIME-DOMAIN ASTROPHYSICS. HOWEVER GROUND-BASED TRANSIENT SURVEYS ARE INEFFICIENT AT FINDING FETS DUE TO THEIR LONGER CADENCES. WE PROPOSE TO UTILIZE TESS FULL FRAME IMAGES TO DISCOVER AND ANALYZE FETS WITH A GALAXY-TARGETED SEARCH. GIVEN CURRENT RATE ESTIMATES OUR SEARCH WILL DISCOVER 10-40 FETS DURING CYCLE 3 INCREASING THE SAMPLE OF HIGH-CADENCE FET LIGHT CURVES BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE. WE WILL MAKE OUR LIGHT CURVES IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE AND FOLLOW-UP.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date10/1/219/30/22

Funding

  • Goddard Space Flight Center

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