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Fast Transients

Project: 
The MSc student will work in coordination with PhD1 and PhD2 to characterize the multi-colour evolution of transients, to establish a better framework for the identification of kilonova gravitational wave counterparts. Despite many years of transient work, multi-colour optical light curves are still rare. The unique aspect of the BlackGEM and MeerLICHT telescopes is their ability to rapidly switch filters for wide-field observations. All data will therefore be obtained in 3-6 filters contemporaneously. Using SALT/SAAO optical spectroscopy and SAAO Lesedi and LCO optical photometric follow to identify and characterize the transients, the student will work towards a complete multi-colour understanding of the time evolution of transients, including dwarf novae, novae, supernovae and flare stars.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)

Supervisor

Paul
Groot

Co-Supervisor

Requirements for students to address: 
Considerable time will be spent at Sutherland observing at night time.
Research Area: 
Astrophysics


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