LT Operations Extension April - September 2014

Lead Research Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Department Name: Astrophysics Research Institute

Abstract

In order to maintain the operations of the Liverpool Telescope in the period 1st April 2014 - 30st September 2014 while a longer term funding decision is made, and to allow the retention of staff during that period, a contribution to the staffing costs of the telescope is requested from STFC as agreed by Colin Vincent.

Planned Impact

ARI has a long tradition of strong industrial and PUS engagement. We will continue our policy of engagement with engineering firms who will be commissioned to manufacture the structure of the instrument. In the past this has allowed firms working with us to upgrade their skills and machinery to deliver the high precision needed for astronomical instrumentation, allowing them to received a grants and R&D tax credits in order to upgrade their precision machining capability and safeguarding a number of jobs at the time. In addition such firms have been able to use their work on astronomical instrumentation to enhance their reputation with other customers and has assisted them in gaining access to new markets (for example contracts with ING and CERN). In addition the LT will remain the core of the National Schools Observatory, the UK's most significant schools outreach activity.

Publications

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Tartaglia L (2015) Interacting supernovae and supernova impostors. SN 2007sv: the major eruption of a massive star in UGC 5979 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Kopac? D (2015) LIMITS ON OPTICAL POLARIZATION DURING THE PROMPT PHASE OF GRB 140430A in The Astrophysical Journal

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Kumar P (2015) The physics of gamma-ray bursts & relativistic jets in Physics Reports

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Levitan D (2015) Long-term photometric behaviour of outbursting AM CVn systems in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Tregloan-Reed J (2015) Transits and starspots in the WASP-6 planetary system in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Shalyapin V (2014) Deep optical imaging and spectroscopy of the lens system SDSS J1339+1310 in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Jeong S (2014) The dark nature of GRB 130528A and its host galaxy in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Habergham S (2014) Environments of interacting transients: impostors and Type IIn supernovae in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Fernández-Valenzuela E (2014) Variable optical/infrared counterpart to the transient gamma-ray source J0109+6134 in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Holoien T (2014) ASASSN-14ae: a tidal disruption event at 200 Mpc in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Williams S (2014) ON THE PROGENITORS OF LOCAL GROUP NOVAE. I. THE M31 CATALOG in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

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Stanway E (2014) GRB 080517: a local, low-luminosity gamma-ray burst in a dusty galaxy at z = 0.09 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bours M (2014) Precise parameters for both white dwarfs in the eclipsing binary CSS 41177 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Morales-Garoffolo A (2014) SN 2013df, a double-peaked IIb supernova from a compact progenitor and an extended H envelope in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Armas Padilla M (2014) Swift J1357.2-0933: the faintest black hole? in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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D'Elia V (2014) VLT/X-shooter spectroscopy of the GRB 120327A afterglow in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Fitzgerald M (2014) A Review of High School Level Astronomy Student Research Projects Over the Last Two Decades in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia

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Nicholl M (2014) Superluminous supernovae from PESSTO in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bernardini M (2014) A magnetar powering the ordinary monster GRB 130427A? in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

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Wang Y (2014) Parallaxes of Five L Dwarfs with a Robotic Telescope in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

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Aasi J (2014) FIRST SEARCHES FOR OPTICAL COUNTERPARTS TO GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE CANDIDATE EVENTS in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

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Rousselot P (2014) Monitoring of the cometary activity of distant comet C/2006 S3 (LONEOS) in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Benetti S (2014) The supernova CSS121015:004244+132827: a clue for understanding superluminous supernovae in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bours M (2014) Testing the planetary models of HU Aquarii in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Morozova D (2014) THE OUTBURST OF THE BLAZAR S4 0954+658 IN 2011 MARCH-APRIL in The Astronomical Journal

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Johnson C (2014) HD 314884: a slowly pulsating B star in a close binary in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Ramakrishnan V (2014) The connection between the parsec-scale radio jet and ?-ray flares in the blazar 1156+295 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Coti Zelati F (2014) Engulfing a radio pulsar: the case of PSR J1023+0038 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Melandri A (2014) The nature of the late achromatic bump in GRB 120326A in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Casares J (2014) A Be-type star with a black-hole companion. in Nature

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Henderson C (2014) CANDIDATE GRAVITATIONAL MICROLENSING EVENTS FOR FUTURE DIRECT LENS IMAGING in The Astrophysical Journal

 
Description The National Schools' Observatory (NSO) is a major educational website, established by Liverpool John Moores University, to allow schools to make their own observations alongside professional astronomers with the world's largest fully-robotic telescope - the Liverpool Telescope. The NSO also provides educational resources to help with the challenging task of teaching science, technology and mathematics in the classroom environment. It has long been known that astronomy creates a sense of excitement and wonder in pupils of all ages. The NSO taps into that interest to further the pupil's knowledge of science and mathematics, while at the same time improve computer literacy and communications skills, strengthen critical thinking and provide experience the real-world application of science and technology. Using astronomical telescopes is the most important feature of this website and schools registered with the Schools' Observatory have the opportunity to make their observations using the LT. Over the past 10 years, over 100,000 observations have been taken for schools. Once the observing request has been completed, pupils are able to download the telescope data and use special Image Processing software (LTImage) to analyse the resulting images.
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Collaboration with University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific Expertise, Access to telescope time
Collaborator Contribution Scientific Expertise, Financial Contribution
Impact Collaboration on followup of LOFAR radio transients starting in early 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description ESA Gaia Support 
Organisation European Space Agency
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Telescope time, observation management and data reduction in support of the tracking of the Gaia satellite via optical means.
Collaborator Contribution Target Position Information, Data Analysis
Impact Ongoing project - wast initially test programme prior to satellite launch in September 2013, after became ongoing commercial contract with ESA renewed annually
Start Year 2011
 
Description FRODOSpec 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding and effort to develop a dual beam spectrograph for the Liverpool Telescope using optical fibre and VPH technology. Ongoing joint exploitation.
Collaborator Contribution Funding contribution and scientific input to the spectrograph design. Ongoing joint exploitation.
Impact The FRODOSpec instrument itself. Scientific publications.
 
Description Joint GRB Programme 
Organisation University of Ljubljana
Department Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Country Slovenia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Telescope time, data analysis, software development, scientific expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding, scientific expertise.
Impact 17 joint scientific publications.
Start Year 2010
 
Description RISE 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department School of Mathematics and Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design of a new fast-timing camera for the Liverpool Telescope, integration and operation. Joint scientific exploitation.
Collaborator Contribution Funding of hardware. Software development. Joint scientific Exploitation.
Impact The RISE instrument. 17 scientific publications.
Start Year 2007
 
Title Telescope Robotic Control Software 
Description Robotic Control Software for telescopes 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used for robotic control of Liverpool and Faulkes Telescopes 
URL https://github.com/LivTel/robotic-control-system
 
Description National Schools Observatory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Over 100,000 Liverpool Telescope observations delivered into over 2,500 schools in the UK, with supporting curricular material etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk