[ASA] Invitation to participate in the Australian GW follow-up capabilities study

Fiona Panther fiona.panther at uwa.edu.au
Tue Jun 1 15:31:09 AEST 2021

Dear friends,

I would like to invite you all to participate in a survey on the capabilities for Australia to follow up GW alerts during next year's O4 LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA observing run. Apologies if you receive this email more than once.

This survey is to gauge the Australian astronomy community's interest in (and prior experience in) following up gravitational wave alerts. This survey is designed to facilitate the future rapid follow-up busy days, and also to provide a report on Australia's readiness for O4 and beyond.

Who should fill out this survey: Any Australia-based astronomer - professional or amateur - at any career level who is curious about gravitational wave follow-up. ECRs are especially encouraged to participate.

You do not need to have participated in searching for GWs before. Your responses will be anonymized.  However, by filling it out you consent to the data collection being used to provide a report on Australia's interest and readiness to follow up gravitational wave alerts that will be presented to the Australian astronomy community (hopefully at the ASA) and to the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration to assist in informing the policy that governs how gravitational wave alerts are reported to the public and the astronomy community.

A copy of the report will be provided to all participants - please provide your email so we can send you a copy of the report.

Any questions can be directed to Dr Fiona Panther (fiona.panther at uwa.edu.au)


Best regards,

Dr Fiona H. Panther
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Physics
School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing
University of Western Australia
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