The Zadko Telescope plays a niche role in Australian astronomy, as it is the only
metre class facility in Australia dedicated to automated follow-up imaging of alerts
or triggers received from different external instruments/detectors spanning the
entire electromagnetic spectrum.
The location of the facility at a longitude not covered by other metre class
facilities provides an important resource for time critical projects.
The core science projects active in 2014-2016, include:
Automated rapid follow-up of gamma ray burst (GRB) optical afterglows
Optical follow-up of gravitational wave candidates from the LIGO and Virgo
gravitational wave observatory network
Searching for optical counterparts (possible supernovae) from neutrinos detected
from the ANTARES neutrino observatory
Very low latency follow-up of fast radio bursts triggered by Parkes radio telescope.
Follow-up of slow transient candidates from the “Deeper Wider Faster” project
supernovae searches in nearby galaxies
Near Earth and Solar System Projects
Photometry of rare (Barbarian) asteroids, to determine their shape and formation
Quasar photometric monitoring for the ESA Gaia mission
Space debris monitoring (pilot projects planned)
We have a number of research collaborators, both nationally and internationally:
- Gaia - Astrometric Satellite (ESA)
- Antares - Undersea Neutrino Telescope (France)
- LIGO - Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (USA)
- DWF - Deeper, Wider, Faster transient survey (Australia)