Institute of Astronomy

An Update on the Zwicky Transient Facility

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)7 June 2019Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group

Abstract

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) has finished its first year of routine
operations. ZTF industrial-style alerts are now routinely being digested and analyzed at "brokers" in Europe (Berlin, Edinburgh) and Americas (Santa Barbara, Tucson and Santiago). The project had its first
major data release of the public surveys (images, light curves of data collected in 2018). Subsequent releases will take place on a 6-month cadence.  In many ways, for the field of time domain astronomy, ZTF acts
as a proto-type for LSST. As such future users of LSST (for time domain astronomy) may benefit from ZTF.

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