Motivation

The landscape of cosmic explosions in the year 2004 is shown below. Note the large white-space between the brightest novae and faintest supernovae, especially on short timescales.

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Surveys

To systematically unveil transients in the luminosity gap between novae and supernovae, I undertook three surveys:

  1. P60-FasTING: Palomar 60inch --- Fast Transients in Nearest Galaxies Read Paper
  2. CFHT-COVET: Canada France Hawaii Telescope --- Coma and Virgo Exploration for Transients
  3. PTF-TILU: Palomar Transient Factory --- Transients in The Local Universe Read Paper 1 on PTF10fqs and Read Paper 2 on PTF10bhp

Status

The phase space of optical transients in the year 2010 is shown below. The white-spaces are rapidly being filled in by new surveys (e.g. PTF, P60-FasTING), archival searches of ongoing surveys (e.g. KAIT) and serendipitous discoveries by amateur astronomers.

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Additional Case Studies of Peculiar Transients or Extreme Supernovae