AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 38 Robotic Astronomical Observatories
Topical Oral, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 8:30-10:00am and 10:45am-12:30pm, 209/210

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[38.04] The Search for Optical and NIR Counterparts of GRBs with the Super-LOTIS Telescope

G. G. Williams (MMTO), H. S. Park (LLNL), S. Barthelmy (NASA/GSFC), D. Hartmann, K. Lindsay (Clemson U.), M. Bradshaw (U. of Arizona)

The 0.6-m Super-LOTIS (Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System) telescope is a fully robotic system dedicated to the search for prompt optical emission from gamma-ray bursts. The telescope began routine operations from its Steward Observatory site atop Kitt Peak in April 2000. An overview of its predecessors, the GROCSE and LOTIS telescopes, will be presented. We will summarize the current capabilities of the system and present recent scientific results. A progress report will be given on the upgrade of the system to allow for simultaneous near-infrared and optical imaging. This upgrade will be completed to coincide with the launch of the Swift GRB explorer mission in late fall 2003.

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