AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 46 Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Swift Era
Topical Associated Poster, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 10:00am-6:45pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[46.01] Response of the ROTSE-III Telescope Systems to Simulated GRB Alerts

E. S. Rykoff, C. W. Akerlof (U. Michigan), M. C. B. Ashley (U. New South Wales), D. Bizyaev (UTEP), D. Casperson (LANL), H. Flewelling (U. Michigan), C. Gerardy (U. Texas- Austin), K. McGowan (LANL), T. A. McKay (U. Michigan), A. Phillips (U. New South Wales), R. Quimby, B. Schaeffer (U. Texas- Austin), D. A. Smith (U. Michigan), W. T. Vestrand (LANL), C. Wheeler (U. Texas- Austin), P. Wozniak, J. Wren (LANL)

The ROTSE-III telescope network will consist of four robotic, automated 0.45 m telescopes, operating around the globe. Their primary mission is to respond rapidly (5-10s) to GRB triggers from satellites such as HETE-2, INTEGRAL, and Swift. Two instruments, at Siding Springs Observatory, Australia, and McDonald Observatory, Texas, are in place and operational. We have routinely tested the telescope responses by sending simulated GCN alerts. We report here on the results of these tests, including: robust methods of eliminating asteroids as transient candidates; false detection rates from variable stars, AGN, and instrumental effects. Funded by NASA, NSF, University of Michigan, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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