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What’s Next for VST: Electromagnetic Follow-Up of Gravitational Waves Events

Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 42)

Abstract

A big step forward in the long-standing quest for gravitational waves (GWs) will be made next year when the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations will start regular operations of their sensitive, upgraded interferometers. It is crucial that the electromagnetic counterparts of GW events are securely identified, a difficult task because of the large size of error box expected to be returned by the interferometers (dozens to hundreds of square degrees). Our group is tackling the challenge by organizing a follow-up campaign covering the widest possible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The optical counterpart will be covered by the VST thanks to its characteristics. The sensitivity and optical quality of the telescope will allow us to probe faint transients (e.g. kilonovae and short GRBs) that are among the most promising GW source candidates.

Keywords

Black Hole Neutron Star Gravitational Wave Core Collapse Supernova Short GRBs 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di CapodimonteNaplesItaly
  2. 2.INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di RomaMonte Porzio Catone (RM)Italy
  4. 4.Universit degli studi di UrbinoUrbinoItaly
  5. 5.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di BreraMilanItaly
  6. 6.INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica CosmicaBolognaItaly
  7. 7.Scuola Normale SuperiorePisaItaly

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