Optical observations of LIGO source GW 170817 by the Antarctic Survey Telescopes at Dome A, Antarctica
Hu, Lei1,2,3; Wu, Xuefeng1,2,3; Andreoni, Igor4,5,6; Ashley, Michael C. B.7; Cooke, Jeff4,5,8; Cui, Xiangqun2,9; Du, Fujia9; Dai, Zigao10,11; Gu, Bozhong9; Hu, Yi2,12; Lu, Haiping9; Li, Xiaoyan9; Li, Zhengyang9; Liang, Ensi10,11; Liu, Liangduan10,11; Ma, Bin2,12; Shang, Zhaohui2,12,13; Sun, Tianrui1,2,14; Suntzeff, N. B.15; Tao, Charling16,17,18; Uddin, Syed A.1,2,8; Wang, Lifan1,2,15; Wang, Xiaofeng17,18; Wen, Haikun9; Xiao, Di10,11; Xu, Jin9; Yang, Ji1; Yang, Shihai9; Yuan, Xiangyan2,9; Zhou, Hongyan19; Zhang, Hui10,11; Zhou, Jilin10,11; Zhu, Zonghong20,21
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Corresponding AuthorWang, Lifan(
AbstractThe LIGO detection of gravitational waves (GW) from merging black holes in 2015 marked the beginning of a new era in observational astronomy. The detection of an electromagnetic signal from a GW source is the critical next step to explore in detail the physics involved. The Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3), located at Dome A, Antarctica, is uniquely situated for rapid response time-domain astronomy with its continuous night-time coverage during the austral winter. We report optical observations of the GW source (GW 170817) in the nearby galaxy NGC 4993 using AST3. The data show a rapidly fading transient at around 1 day after the GW trigger, with the i-band magnitude declining from 17.23 +/- 0.13 magnitude to 17.72 +/- 0.09 magnitude in similar to 1.8 h. The brightness and time evolution of the optical transient associated with GW 170817 are broadly consistent with the predictions of models involving merging binary neutron stars. We infer from our data that the merging process ejected about similar to 10(-2) solar mass of radioactive material at a speed of up to 30% the speed of light. (C) 2017 Science China Press. Published by Elsevier B.V. and Science China Press. All rights reserved.
KeywordGravitational waves Binary neutron stars Gamma-ray bursts
Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000416211200004
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Corresponding AuthorWang, Lifan
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Ctr Antarctic Astron, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
3.Univ Sci & Technol China, Sch Astron & Space Sci, Hefei 230029, Anhui, Peoples R China
4.Swinburne Univ Technol, Ctr Astrophys & Supercomp, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia
5.Australian Res Council, Ctr Excellence Gravitat Wave Discovery OzGrav, Canberra, ACT, Australia
6.Australian Astron Observ, N Ryde, NSW 2113, Australia
7.Univ New South Wales, Sch Phys, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
8.Australian Res Council, Ctr Excellence All Sky Astrophys CAASTRO, Canberra, ACT, Australia
9.Nanjing Inst Astron Opt & Technol, Nanjing 210042, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
10.Nanjing Univ, Minist Educ, Sch Astron & Space Sci, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
11.Nanjing Univ, Key Lab Modern Astron & Astrophys, Sch Astron & Space Sci, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
12.Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing 100012, Peoples R China
13.Tianjin Normal Univ, Dept Phys, Tianjin 300074, Peoples R China
14.Shanghai Normal Univ, Shanghai Key Lab Astrophys, Shanghai 200234, Peoples R China
15.Texas A&M Univ, George P & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Inst Fundamenta, Dept Phys & Astron, 4242 TAMU, College Stn, TX 77843 USA
16.Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, IN2P3, CPPM, Marseille, France
17.Tsinghua Univ, Phys Dept, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
18.Tsinghua Univ, Tsinghua Ctr Astrophys THCA, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
19.Polar Res Inst China, Shanghai 200136, Peoples R China
20.Beijing Normal Univ, Dept Astron, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
21.Wuhan Univ, Sch Phys & Technol, Wuhan 430072, Hubei, Peoples R China
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Hu, Lei,Wu, Xuefeng,Andreoni, Igor,et al. Optical observations of LIGO source GW 170817 by the Antarctic Survey Telescopes at Dome A, Antarctica[J]. SCIENCE BULLETIN,2017,62(21):1433-1438.
APA Hu, Lei.,Wu, Xuefeng.,Andreoni, Igor.,Ashley, Michael C. B..,Cooke, Jeff.,...&Zhu, Zonghong.(2017).Optical observations of LIGO source GW 170817 by the Antarctic Survey Telescopes at Dome A, Antarctica.SCIENCE BULLETIN,62(21),1433-1438.
MLA Hu, Lei,et al."Optical observations of LIGO source GW 170817 by the Antarctic Survey Telescopes at Dome A, Antarctica".SCIENCE BULLETIN 62.21(2017):1433-1438.
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