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Title: Real-time detection of optical transients with RAPTOR

Fast variability of optical objects is an interesting though poorly explored subject in modern astronomy. Real-time data processing and identification of transient, celestial events in the images is very important, for such study as it allows rapid follow-up with more sensitive instruments, We discuss an approach which we have chosen for the RAPTOR project which is a pioneering close-loop system combining real-time transient detection with rapid follow-up. Our data processing pipeline is able to identify and localize an optical transient within seconds after the observation. We describe the challenges we met, solutions we found and some results obtained in our search for fast optical transients. The software pipeline we have developed for RAPTOR can easily be applied to the data from other experiments.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8]
  1. (Konstantin N.)
  2. (Mark C.)
  3. (Katherine E.)
  4. (Dan L.)
  5. (W. Thomas)
  6. (Robert R.)
  7. (Przemyslaw R.)
  8. (James)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
976257
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-02-5001
TRN: US201009%%405
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Submitted to: SPIE Conference "Astronomical Telescopies and Instrumentation", 22-28 August 2002, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sponsoring Org:
DOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; REAL TIME SYSTEMS; ASTRONOMY; DATA PROCESSING; DETECTION; TRANSIENTS