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Acquisition of a robotic telescope for the Brazilian astronomical community

Grant number: 09/54202-8
Support type:Multi-user Equipment Program
Duration: August 01, 2010 - October 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy
Principal Investigator:Claudia Lucia Mendes de Oliveira
Grantee:Claudia Lucia Mendes de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
EMU web page: Página do Equipamento Multiusuário não informada
Use scheduling: E-mail de agendamento não informado

Abstract

The main goal of this application is to fund the acquisition of a 1.5-m robotic telescope to be installed at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) for use by the astronomical communities of Brazil (90% of the time) and Chile (10% of the time). The telescope will be used, at first light, with a 1O.5k x 1O.5k pixel CCD camera, delivering a-50 x 50 arcmin2 field of view with a scale of 0.27 arcsec/pixel. It will be dedicated to long-term projects, targets of opportunity and follow-up of LSST discoveries. Particular attention will be placed on the selection of a sample of type Ia supemovae, using a set of contiguous narrow-band filters, and the study of variable stars using broader band filters. This new facility will also complement the science goals of the Brazilian l-m robotic telescope IMPACTON, extending its planned search for asteroids to the whole of the Southem hemisphere. This project is being developed in a c10se collaboration among the University of São Paulo (IAGIUSP), Inslituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Observatório Nacional (ON) and Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica (LNA). CTIO was chosen as the location for this robotic telescope because Brazil has access to two other telescopes on the same site, SOAR and Gemini; these three facilities will be highly complementary. The choice was also made in consideration of the infrastructure already available and the support from CTIO for operations and maintenance (on a cost recovery basis, see letter enc10sed from Dr. Chris Smith). If this proposal is approved and the robotic telescope is installed, its operation and maintenance will be assured by ON, through payment to NOAO, as stated in the letter by the director of ON, Dr. Sergio Fontes. As required by FAPESP, we are also attaching to this application a document approved by the highest Board of the PI's institute, describing the system to be used for distribution of observing time, similar to that adopted for all the other telescopes in Brazil and most telescopes worldwide, with the caveat that the robotic telescope will be mainly dedicated to a few long-term projects of high scientific interest to the community, as judged on an on-going basis. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
(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)
CENARRO, A. J.; MOLES, M.; CRISTOBAL-HORNILLOS, D.; MARIN-FRANCH, A.; EDEROCLITE, A.; VARELA, J.; LOPEZ-SANJUAN, C.; HERNANDEZ-MONTEAGUDO, C.; ANGULO, R. E.; VAZQUEZ RAMIO, H.; VIIRONEN, K.; BONOLI, S.; ORSI, A. A.; HURIER, G.; SAN ROMAN, I.; GREISEL, N.; VILELLA-ROJO, G.; DIAZ-GARCIA, L. A.; LOGRONO-GARCIA, R.; GURUNG-LOPEZ, S.; SPINOSO, D.; IZQUIERDO-VILLALBA, D.; AGUERRI, J. A. L.; ALLENDE PRIETO, C.; BONATTO, C.; CARVANO, J. M.; CHIES-SANTOS, A. L.; DAFLON, S.; DUPKE, R. A.; FALCON-BARROSO, J.; GONCALVES, D. R.; JIMENEZ-TEJA, Y.; MOLINO, A.; PLACCO, V. M.; SOLANO, E.; WHITTEN, D. D.; ABRIL, J.; ANTON, J. L.; BELLO, R.; BIELSA DE TOLEDO, S.; CASTILLO-RAMIREZ, J.; CHUECA, S.; CIVERA, T.; DIAZ-MARTIN, M. C.; DOMINGUEZ-MARTINEZ, M.; GARZARAN-CALDERARO, J.; HERNANDEZ-FUERTES, J.; IGLESIAS-MARZOA, R.; INIGUEZ, C.; JIMENEZ RUIZ, J. M.; KRUUSE, K.; LAMADRID, J. L.; LASSO-CABRERA, N.; LOPEZ-ALEGRE, G.; LOPEZ-SAINZ, A.; MAICAS, N.; MORENO-SIGNES, A.; MUNIESA, D. J.; RODRIGUEZ-LLANO, S.; RUEDA-TERUEL, F.; RUEDA-TERUEL, S.; SORIANO-LAGUIA, I.; TILVE, V.; VALDIVIELSO, L.; YANES-DIAZ, A.; ALCANIZ, J. S.; MENDES DE OLIVEIRA, C.; SODRE, L.; COELHO, P.; LOPES DE OLIVEIRA, R.; TAMM, A.; XAVIER, H. S.; ABRAMO, L. R.; AKRAS, S.; ALFARO, E. J.; ALVAREZ-CANDAL, A.; ASCASO, B.; BEASLEY, M. A.; BEERS, T. C.; BORGES FERNANDES, M.; BRUZUAL, G. R.; BUZZO, M. L.; CARRASCO, J. M.; CEPA, J.; CORTESI, A.; COSTA-DUARTE, M. V.; DE PRA, M.; FAVOLE, G.; GALARZA, A.; GALBANY, L.; GARCIA, K.; GONZALEZ DELGADO, R. M.; GONZALEZ-SERRANO, J. I.; GUTIERREZ-SOTO, L. A.; HERNANDEZ-JIMENEZ, J. A.; KANAAN, A.; KUNCARAYAKTI, H.; LANDIM, R. C. G.; LAUR, J.; LICANDRO, J.; LIMA NETO, G. B.; LYMAN, J. D.; MAIZ APELLANIZ, J.; MIRALDA-ESCUDE, J.; MORATE, D.; NOGUEIRA-CAVALCANTE, J. P.; NOVAIS, P. M.; ONCINS, M.; OTEO, I.; OVERZIER, R. A.; PEREIRA, C. B.; REBASSA-MANSERGAS, A.; REIS, R. R. R.; ROIG, F.; SAKO, M.; SALVADOR-RUSINOL, N.; SAMPEDRO, L.; SANCHEZ-BLAZQUEZ, P.; SANTOS, W. A.; SCHMIDTOBREICK, L.; SIFFERT, B. B.; TELLES, E.; VILCHEZ, J. M. J-PLUS: The Javalambre Photometric Local Universe Survey. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 622, FEB 21 2019. Web of Science Citations: 6.
MOLINO, A.; COSTA-DUARTE, M. V.; MENDES DE OLIVEIRA, C.; CENARRO, A. J.; LIMA NETO, G. B.; CYPRIANO, E. S.; SODRE, JR., L.; COELHO, P.; CHOW-MARTINEZ, M.; MONTEIRO-OLIVEIRA, R.; SAMPEDRO, L.; CRISTOBAL-HORNILLOS, D.; VARELA, J.; EDEROCLITE, A.; CHIES-SANTOS, A. L.; SCHOENELL, W.; RIBEIRO, T.; MARIN-FRANCH, A.; LOPEZ-SANJUAN, C.; HERNANDEZ-FERNANDEZ, J. D.; CORTESI, A.; VAZQUEZ RAMIO, H.; SANTOS, JR., W.; CIBIRKA, N.; NOVAIS, P.; PEREIRA, E.; HERNANDEZ-JIMENEZ, J. A.; JIMENEZ-TEJA, Y.; MOLES, M.; BENITEZ, N.; DUPKE, R. J-PLUS: On the identification of new cluster members in the double galaxy cluster A2589 and A2593 using PDFs. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 622, FEB 21 2019. Web of Science Citations: 5.
ZANATTA, EMILIO J. B.; CORTESI, ARIANNA; CHIES-SANTOS, ANA L.; FORBES, DUNCAN A.; ROMANOWSKY, AARON J.; ALABI, ADEBUSOLA B.; COCCATO, LODOVICO; DE OLIVEIRA, CLAUDIA MENDES; BRODIE, JEAN P.; MERRIFIELD, MICHAEL. Chromodynamical analysis of lenticular galaxies using globular clusters and planetary nebulae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, v. 479, n. 4, p. 5124-5135, OCT 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BARBOSA, C. E.; ARNABOLDI, M.; COCCATO, L.; GERHARD, O.; MENDES DE OLIVEIRA, C.; HILKER, M.; RICHTLER, T. Sloshing in its cD halo: MUSE kinematics of the central galaxy NGC 3311 in the Hydra I cluster. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 609, JAN 11 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
DIAZ, M. C.; MACRI, L. M.; GARCIA LAMBAS, D.; MENDES DE OLIVEIRA, C.; NILO CASTELLON, J. L.; RIBEIRO, T.; SANCHEZ, B.; SCHOENELL, W.; ABRAMO, L. R.; AKRAS, S.; ALCANIZ, J. S.; ARTOLA, R.; BEROIZ, M.; BONOLI, S.; CABRAL, J.; CAMUCCIO, R.; CASTILLO, M.; CHAVUSHYAN, V.; COELHO, P.; COLAZO, C.; COSTA-DUARTE, M. V.; CUEVAS LARENAS, H.; DEPOY, D. L.; DOMINGUEZ ROMERO, M.; DULTZIN, D.; FERNANDEZ, D.; GARCIA, J.; GIRARDINI, C.; GONCALVES, D. R.; GONCALVES, T. S.; GUROVICH, S.; JIMENEZ-TEJA, Y.; KANAAN, A.; LARES, M.; LOPES DE OLIVEIRA, R.; LOPEZ-CRUZ, O.; MARSHALL, J. L.; MELIA, R.; MOLINO, A.; PADILLA, N.; PENUELA, T.; PLACCO, V. M.; QUINONES, C.; RAMIREZ RIVERA, A.; RENZI, V.; RIGUCCINI, L.; RIOS-LOPEZ, E.; RODRIGUEZ, H.; SAMPEDRO, L.; SCHNEITER, M.; SODRE, L.; STARCK, M.; TORRES-FLORES, S.; TORNATORE, M.; ZADROZNY, A. Observations of the First Electromagnetic Counterpart to a Gravitational-wave Source by the TOROS Collaboration. Astrophysical Journal Letters, v. 848, n. 2 OCT 20 2017. Web of Science Citations: 16.
URRUTIA-VISCARRA, F.; TORRES-FLORES, S.; DE OLIVEIRA, C. MENDES; CARRASCO, E. R.; DE MELLO, D.; ARNABOLDI, M. Star formation in low density H-I gas around the elliptical galaxy NGC 2865. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 606, OCT 16 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MENDES DE OLIVEIRA, C.; AMRAM, P.; QUINT, BRUNO C.; TORRES-FLORES, S.; BARBA, R.; ANDRADE, D. First results from SAM-FP: Fabry-Perot observations with ground-layer adaptive optics - the structure and kinematics of the core of 30 Doradus. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, v. 469, n. 3, p. 3424-3443, AUG 2017. Web of Science Citations: 6.

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