Pan-STARRS and PESSTO search for an optical counterpart to the LIGO gravitational-wave source GW150914

@article{Smartt2016PanSTARRSAP,
  title={Pan-STARRS and PESSTO search for an optical counterpart to the LIGO gravitational-wave source GW150914},
  author={S. Smartt and K. Chambers and K. Smith and M. Huber and D. R. Young and E. Cappellaro and D. Wright and M. Coughlin and A. Schultz and L. Denneau and H. Flewelling and A. Heinze and E. Magnier and N. Primak and A. Rest and A. Sherstyuk and B. Stalder and C. Stubbs and J. Tonry and C. Waters and M. Willman and J. Anderson and C. Baltay and M. T. Botticella and H. Campbell and M. Dennefeld and T. Chen and M. D. Valle and N. Elias-rosa and M. Fraser and C. Inserra and E. Kankare and R. Kotak and T. Kupfer and J. Harmanen and L. Galbany and A. Gal-yam and L. Guillou and J. Lyman and K. Maguire and A. Mitra and M. Nicholl and F. Olivares and D. Rabinowitz and A. Razza and J. Sollerman and M. Smith and G. Terreran and S. Valenti and B. Gibson and T. Goggia},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={462},
  pages={4094-4116}
}
  • S. Smartt, K. Chambers, +48 authors T. Goggia
  • Published 2016
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • We searched for an optical counterpart to the first gravitational-wave source discovered by LIGO (GW150914), using a combination of the Pan-STARRS1 wide-field telescope and the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO) spectroscopic follow-up programme. As the final LIGO sky maps changed during analysis, the total probability of the source being spatially coincident with our fields was finally only 4.2 per cent. Therefore, we discuss our results primarily as a demonstration… CONTINUE READING
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