Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network

Brown, T.M. and Baliber, N. and Bianco, F.B. and Bowman, M. and Burleson, B. and Conway, P. and Crellin, M. and Depagne, E. and De Vera, J. and Dilday, B. and Dragomir, D. and Dubberley, M. and Eastman, J. D. and Elphick, M. and Falarski, M. and Foale, S. and Ford, M. and Fulton, B. J. and Garza, J. and Gomez, Edward L. and Graham, M. and Greene, R. and Haldeman, B. and Hawkins, E. and Haworth, B. and Haynes, R. and Hidas, M. and Hjelstrom, A. E. and Howell, A. and Hygelund, J. and Lister, T. A. and Lobdill, R. and Martinez, J. and Mullins, D. S. and Norbury, M. and Parrent, J. and Paulson, R. and Petry, D. L. and Pickles, A. and Posner, V. and Rosing, Wayne E. and Ross, R. and Sand, D. J. and Saunders, E. A. and Shobbrook, J. and Shporer, A. and Street, Rachel A. and Thomas, D. and Tsapras, Y. and Tufts, J.R. and Valenti, S. and Vander Horst, K. and Walker, Z. and White, G. and Willis, M. (2013) Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 125. pp. 1031-1055. ISSN 0004-6280, 1538-3873


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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) is a young organization dedicated to timedomain observations at optical and (potentially) near-IR wavelengths. To this end, LCOGT is constructing a worldwide network of telescopes, including the two 2 m Faulkes telescopes, as many as 17 × 1 m telescopes, and as many as 23 × 40 cm telescopes. These telescopes initially will be outfitted for imaging and (excepting the 40 cm telescopes) spectroscopy at wavelengths between the atmospheric UV cutoff and the roughly 1-μm limit of silicon detectors. Since the first of LCOGT’s 1 m telescopes are now being deployed, we lay out here LCOGT’s scientific goals and the requirements that these goals place on network architecture and performance, we summarize the network’s present and projected level of development, and we describe our expected schedule for completing it. In the bulk of the paper, we describe in detail the technical approaches that we have adopted to attain desired performance. In particular, we discuss our choices for the number and location of network sites, for the number and sizes of telescopes, for the specifications of the first generation of instruments, for the software that will schedule and control the network’s telescopes and reduce and archive its data, and for the structure of the scientific and educational programs for which the network will provide observations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 05:52
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2017 08:55

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