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2900 Square Degree Search for the Optical Counterpart of Short Gamma-Ray Burst GRB 180523B with the Zwicky Transient Facility

Coughlin, Michael W. and Ahumada, Tomás and Cenko, S. B. and Cunningham, Virginia and Ghosh, Shaon and Singer, Leo P. and Bellm, Eric C. and Burns, Eric and De, Kishalay and Goldstein, Adam and Golkhou, V. Zach and Kaplan, David L. and Kasliwal, Mansi M. and Perley, Daniel A. and Sollerman, J. and Bagdasaryan, Ashot and Dekany, Richard and Duev, Dmitry A. and Feeney, Michael and Graham, Matthew J. and Hale, David and Kulkarni, S. R. and Kupfer, Thomas and Laher, Russ R. and Mahabal, Ashish and Masci, Frank J. and Miller, Adam A. and Neill, James D. and Patterson, Maria T. and Riddle, Reed and Rusholme, Ben and Smith, Roger and Tachibana, Yutaro and Walters, Richard (2019) 2900 Square Degree Search for the Optical Counterpart of Short Gamma-Ray Burst GRB 180523B with the Zwicky Transient Facility. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 131 (998). Art. No. 048001. ISSN 0004-6280. doi:10.1088/1538-3873/aaff99.

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There is significant interest in the models for production of short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Until now, the number of known short GRBs with multi-wavelength afterglows has been small. While the Fermi GRB Monitor detects many GRBs relative to the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, the large localization regions makes the search for counterparts difficult. With the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) recently achieving first light, it is now fruitful to use its combination of depth (m_(AB) ~ 20.6), field of view (≈47 square degrees), and survey cadence (every ~3 days) to perform Target of Opportunity observations. We demonstrate this capability on GRB 180523B, which was recently announced by the Fermi GRB Monitor as a short GRB. ZTF imaged ≈2900 square degrees of the localization region, resulting in the coverage of 61.6% of the enclosed probability over two nights to a depth of m_(AB) ~ 20.5. We characterized 14 previously unidentified transients, and none were found to be consistent with a short GRB counterpart. This search with the ZTF shows it is an efficient camera for searching for coarsely localized short GRB and gravitational-wave counterparts, allowing for a sensitive search with minimal interruption to its nominal cadence.

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Additional Information:© 2019 The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Received 2018 November 19; accepted 2019 January 16; published 2019 February 20. Based on 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. M.C. is supported by the David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. S.G. is supported by the National Science Foundation with NSF Award PHY-1607585.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), 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
David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral ScholarshipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:gamma rays: general
Issue or Number:998
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Official Citation:Michael W. Coughlin et al 2019 PASP 131 048001
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Feb 2019 18:24
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