26 April 2012
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill
2:30 PM

The SED Machine
Nick Konidaris

Advances in telescopes, detectors, and computing processing power has led to
a new field of astronomical study called time-domain astronomy. Time
domain means that we continuously monitor large regions of the sky in
order to identify dynamic events: explosions, flares, rotations, or
orbiting sources. In the coming era, the discovery potential is growing
rapidly with new surveys such as PTF2, Catalina Sky Survey, PanSTARRS,
and LSST -- yet follow-up capability is not growing at the same pace. It
turns out that the best way to leverage precious follow-up capability is to
screen objects to determine if they are interesting or not. In this
talk I describe the SED Machine, which will be the best spectrograph
for classifying transients.