Gravitational Waves Research at TOROS UTRGV

Pamela Ivonne Lara, University of Texas at El Paso


The detection of gravitational waves (GW) has directly opened a new era in the observation of cosmic events. One hundred years after its theoretical prediction we find ourselves immerged in the multi-messenger study of the signals at the root of gravitational wave detection. The electromagnetic (EM) counterpart to GW is the optical portion of that signal and the main objective in the organization of TOROS Collaboration: finding and studying kilonovas, the name given by Metzger (Metzger et al, 2010), to the EM counterpart to gravitational waves.^ In order for TOROS to find kilonovas, it needed to create a python language pipeline. One of the steps of the pipeline was the design of an image calibration method script, also written in python language: Imageredux. In this thesis the author gives an account of her part on the design of such script and its application to the field of HAT-P-27 (images captured on the night of June 22, 2017), as a test subject. Also, and account of TOROS Collaboration detection of the kilonova SSS17a found as a counterpart to GW170817 is given. ^

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Lara, Pamela Ivonne, "Gravitational Waves Research at TOROS UTRGV" (2018). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10930719.