Fast Transient Studies from Massive Survey Streams: How We Enable Them, and What We Can Learn

Monday 30 May 2022, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


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Astrophysics seminar

By demanding robust processing pipelines for hundreds of thousands (and soon tens of millions) of nightly alerts, astronomical surveys continue to transform the way we study the time-domain sky. Observatories such as Roman and Rubin are slated to jointly discover millions of supernovae, many at high redshift (z~1); however, our ability to characterize each discovered event in detail has already stagnated due to a dearth of complementary spectroscopic resources for follow-up. In this talk, I will outline my work to leverage contextual information to expand our suite of tools for characterizing and prioritizing detected events. After demonstrating how host-galaxy correlations can be used to improve real-time classification of statistical samples, I will provide a case study for how these data can unveil the progenitor physics of individual events. I will then introduce SCOTCH, the first synthetic catalog containing millions of local and cosmological transients (0.01 < z < 3) and the correlated properties of their host galaxies. SCOTCH will play a decisive role in validating transient analysis software in advance of Rubin, Roman, and Webb first light.

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Mr. Alex Gagliano (University of Illinois)

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