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The Zwicky Transient Facility: System Overview, Performance, and First Results
The Zwicky Transient Facility is a new optical time-domain survey that uses the Palomar 48 inch Schmidt telescope, and the ZTF data system at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center provides near-real-time reduction to identify moving and varying objects.
Confined dense circumstellar material surrounding a regular type II supernova
With the advent of new wide-field, high-cadence optical transient surveys, our understanding of the diversity of core-collapse supernovae has grown tremendously in the last decade. However, the
The Dark Energy Survey: more than dark energy - an overview
US Department of Energy; US National Science Foundation; Ministry of Science and Education of Spain; Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom; Higher Education Funding Council
Seventeen Tidal Disruption Events from the First Half of ZTF Survey Observations: Entering a New Era of Population Studies
While tidal disruption events (TDEs) have long been heralded as laboratories for the study of quiescent black holes, the small number of known TDEs and uncertainties in their emission mechanism have
The Zwicky Transient Facility: Science Objectives
The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a public–private enterprise, is a new time-domain survey employing a dedicated camera on the Palomar 48-inch Schmidt telescope with a 47 deg^2 field of view and
General relativistic orbital decay in a seven-minute-orbital-period eclipsing binary system
Observations of an eclipsing double-white-dwarf binary with an orbital period of 6.91 minutes that is decaying as predicted by general relativity are reported; once launched, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) should swiftly detect this binary.
A high-energy neutrino coincident with a tidal disruption event
Cosmic neutrinos provide a unique window into the otherwise-hidden mechanism of particle acceleration in astrophysical objects. A flux of high-energy neutrinos was discovered in 2013, and the IceCube
Candidate Electromagnetic Counterpart to the Binary Black Hole Merger Gravitational-Wave Event S190521g.
The first plausible optical electromagnetic counterpart to a (candidate) binary black hole merger in the accretion disk of an active galactic nucleus is reported, and a repeat flare in this source due to a reencountering with the disk is predicted.
A tidal disruption event coincident with a high-energy neutrino
Cosmic neutrinos provide a unique window into the otherwise hidden mechanism of particle acceleration in astrophysical objects. The IceCube Collaboration recently reported the likely association of
The First Tidal Disruption Flare in ZTF: From Photometric Selection to Multi-wavelength Characterization
We present Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) observations of the tidal disruption flare AT2018zr/PS18kh reported by Holoien et al. and detected during ZTF commissioning. The ZTF light curve of the