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SOUTH POL: revealing the polarized Southern Sky

Grant number: 10/19694-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2011 - September 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy
Principal Investigator:Antônio Mário Magalhães
Grantee:Antônio Mário Magalhães
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Alex Cavaliéri Carciofi ; Antonio Armstrong Pereyra Quirós ; Claudia Lucia Mendes de Oliveira ; Cláudia Vilega Rodrigues ; Elisabete Maria de Gouveia Dal Pino ; Felipe Miguel Pait ; Fuad Kassab Junior ; Marcos Perez Diaz ; Ricardo Paulino Marques ; Roberto Dell'Aglio Dias da Costa

Abstract

The principal aim of this project is to implement and execute SOUTH POL, a survey of the Southern sky in optical polarized light. For that purpose, we will design and build a polarimetric module to be installed in the 80cm Robotic Telescope (RT) that was recently awarded by FAPESP to IAG. This project aims at obtaining support for the construction of this polarimeter and implementation of the survey, as well as the development and implementation of the data reduction pipeline and web-based access to the database.SOUTH POL will be an unprecedented undertaking in Astronomy. Initially, it will cover the sky south of declination -15° in less than two years of observing time. With a polarimetric accuracy less than or equal to 0.1% down to V=15, the survey will provide Astrophysics with an unparalled, highly valuable database. Its legacy will have an immediate impact in several areas, such as Cosmology, Extragalactic Astronomy, Interstellar Medium of the Galaxy and Magellanic Clouds, Star Formation, Stellar Envelopes, Stellar explosions (GRBs, novae and supernovae) and Solar System, among others. SOUTH POL will steadly progress to both more northernly declinations and additional epochs, allowing for variability studies of Galactic and extragalactic sources.More detailed, deeper programs with the RT and the polarimeter will additionally contribute to tackle more specific scientific problems in the areas above and other areas. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
RAMIREZ, EDGAR A.; MAGALHAES, ANTONIO M.; DAVIDSON, JR., JAMES W.; PEREYRA, ANTONIO; RUBINHO, MARCELO. Solvepol: A Reduction Pipeline for Imaging Polarimetry Data. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, v. 129, n. 975 MAY 1 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
GOMES, AIARA LOBO; MAGALHAES, ANTONIO MARIO; PEREYRA, ANTONIO; RODRIGUES, CLAUDIA VILEGA. A NEW OPTICAL POLARIZATION CATALOG FOR THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD: THE MAGNETIC FIELD STRUCTURE. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, v. 806, n. 1 JUN 10 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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