The Palomar Transient Factory: System Overview, Performance, and First Results

@article{Law2009ThePT,
  title={The Palomar Transient Factory: System Overview, Performance, and First Results},
  author={Nicholas M. Law and Shrinivas R. Kulkarni and Richard Dekany and Eran. O. Ofek and Robert M. Quimby and Peter E. Nugent and Jason A. Surace and Carl C. Grillmair and Joshua S. Bloom and Mansi M. Kasliwal and Lars Bildsten and Tim Brown and S. Bradley Cenko and David R. Ciardi and Ernest E. Croner and S. George Djorgovski and Julian C. van Eyken and Alexei V. Filippenko and Derek B. Fox and Avishay Gal-yam and David D. S. Hale and Nouhad Hamam and George Helou and John R. Henning and D. Andrew Howell and Janet S. Jacobsen and Russ R. Laher and Sean E. K. Mattingly and D. L. Mckenna and Andrew J. Pickles and Dovi Poznanski and Gustavo Rahmer and Arne Rau and Wayne E. Rosing and Michael M. Shara and Roger M. Smith and Daniel A. Starr and Mark Sullivan and Viswa Velur and R. Walters and Jeffry Zolkower},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  year={2009},
  volume={121},
  pages={1395 - 1408}
}
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