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The GROWTH Marshal: A Dynamic Science Portal for Time-domain Astronomy

Kasliwal, M. M. and Cannella, C. and Bagdasaryan, A. and Hung, T. and Feindt, U. and Singer, L. P. and Coughlin, M. and Fremling, C. and Walters, R. and Duev, D. and Itoh, R. and Quimby, R. M. (2019) The GROWTH Marshal: A Dynamic Science Portal for Time-domain Astronomy. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 131 (997). Art. No. 038003. ISSN 0004-6280. doi:10.1088/1538-3873/aafbc2.

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We describe a dynamic science portal called the GROWTH Marshal that allows time-domain astronomers to define science programs; program filters to save sources from different discovery streams; coordinate follow-up with various robotic or classical telescopes; analyze the panchromatic follow-up data; and generate summary tables for publication. The GROWTH marshal currently serves 137 scientists, 38 science programs, and 67 telescopes. Every night, in real time, several science programs apply various customized filters to the 10^5 nightly alerts from the Zwicky Transient Facility. Here, we describe the schematic and explain the functionality of the various components of this international collaborative platform.

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Kasliwal, M. M.0000-0002-5619-4938
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Quimby, R. M.0000-0001-9171-5236
Additional Information:© 2019 The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Received 2018 October 18; accepted 2019 January 3; published 2019 February 7. This work was supported by the GROWTH (Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen) project funded by the National Science Foundation Partnership in International Research and Education program under grant No. 1545949. GROWTH is a collaborative project between the California Institute of Technology (USA), Pomona College (USA), San Diego State University (USA), the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), the University of Maryland College Park (USA), the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (USA), the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), the National Central University (Taiwan), the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India), the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India), the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), The Oskar Klein Centre at Stockholm University (Sweden), and Humboldt University (Germany). Tested with observations obtained with the Samuel Oschin Telescope 48-inch and the 60-inch Telescope at the Palomar Observatory as part of the Zwicky Transient Facility project. Major funding has been provided by the U.S National Science Foundation under grant No. AST-1440341 and by the ZTF partner institutions: the California Institute of Technology, the Oskar Klein Centre, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and the TANGO Program of the University System of Taiwan. We thank I. Arcavi for valuable contributions to the predecessor of this system, the Palomar Transient Factory marshal system.
Group:Zwicky Transient Facility, Astronomy Department
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Oskar Klein CentreUNSPECIFIED
Weizmann Institute of ScienceUNSPECIFIED
University of MarylandUNSPECIFIED
University of WashingtonUNSPECIFIED
Deutsches Elektronen-SynchrotronUNSPECIFIED
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeUNSPECIFIED
University System of TaiwanUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:surveys – (stars:) supernovae: general – (stars:) novae – cataclysmic variables – methods: observational
Issue or Number:997
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Official Citation:M. M. Kasliwal et al 2019 PASP 131 038003
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:07 Feb 2019 18:59
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