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Wed Sep 08, 2021

Searching for GRB optical counterparts with GOTO

Our GOTO prototype, while optimised for gravitational-wave followups, is also well suited to detecting optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts detected by Fermi. Monash PhD candidate Yik Lun (Travis) Mong recently completed his analysis of our followup of 93 such events, focusing on 53 with favourable observational conditions. Unfortunately we couldn't confirm any counterparts (although he did find some intriguing candidates!)

Perhaps more importantly, Travis' analysis offers some lessons for future followup campaigns to help improve our chances of success. Travis' paper, in collaboration with the GOTO team, has been accepted by MNRAS

Read the paper (arXiv:2108.11802)

Labels: 2021, /postgrads