EAS Publications Series
Volume 33, 20082nd ARENA Conference: The Astrophysical Science Cases at Dome C
|Page(s)||225 - 232|
|Published online||13 November 2008|
H. Zinnecker, N. Epchtein and H. Rauer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 33 (2008) 225-232
An Antarctic, Full-sky, High-speed, Imaging Array for Optical Transients
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Many problems in time domain astronomy are best approached with continuous, high frequency (<1 minute) observations over a large area of the sky, because event rates are generally less than 0.01 detections per sq. degree in a year. For GRBs and the earliest stages of SNe, follow-up spectroscopy, multiband photometry and polarization measurements need to be triggered in seconds or minutes. Plateau sites in Antarctica are optimal for a new survey, Xian (eXtreme Imaging Antarctic Network), for which the scientific motivation is presented.
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