Monitoring LMXBs with the faulkes telescope

Fraser Lewis, David M. Russell, Rob P. Fender, Paul Roche

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Abstract

The Faulkes Telescope Project is the educational arm of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT). It currently has two 2-metre robotic telescopes, located at Haleakala on Maui (FT North) and Siding Spring in Australia (FT South). It is planned to increase this to six 2-metre telescopes in the future, complemented by a network of 30-40 smaller (0.4 - 1 metre) telescopes providing 24 hour coverage of both northern and southern hemispheres. We are undertaking a monitoring project of 10 low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) using FT North to study the optical continuum behaviour of X-ray transients in quiescence. The introduction of FT South in September 2006 allows us to extend this monitoring to include 17 southern hemisphere LMXBs. With new instrumentation, we also intend to expand this monitoring to include both infrared wavelengths and spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP
StatePublished - 2006
Event6th Microquasar Workshop: Microquasars and Beyond, MQW 2006 - Como, Italy
Duration: Sep 18 2006Sep 22 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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