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A8FC7608-6BB2-4087-BBE2-2D985A3E5CB8

Quick Ultra-VIolet Kilonova surveyor (QUVIK)

N. Werner, J. Řípa, F. Münz, F. Hroch, M. Jelínek, J. Krtička, M. Zajaček, M. Topinka, V. Dániel, J. Gromeš, J. Václavík, L. Steiger, V. Lédl, J. Seginak, J. Benáček, J. Budaj, N. Faltová, R. Gális, D. Jadlovský, J. Janík, M. Kajan, V. Karas, D. Korčáková, M. Kosiba, I. Krtičková, J. Kubát, B. Kubátová, P. Kurfürst, M. Labaj, Z. Mikulášek, A. Pál, E. Paunzen, M. Piecka, M. Prišegen, T. Ramezani, M. Skarka, G. Szász, C. Thöne, M. Zejda
arXiv:2207.05485

Submitted on 12 July 2022

Abstract

We present a near-UV space telescope on a ~70kg micro-satellite with a moderately fast repointing capability and a near real-time alert communication system that has been proposed in response to a call for an ambitious Czech national mission. The mission, which has recently been approved for Phase 0, A, and B1 study shall measure the brightness evolution of kilonovae, resulting from mergers of neutron stars in the near-UV band and thus it shall distinguish between different explosion scenarios. Between the observations of transient sources, the satellite shall perform observations of other targets of interest, a large part of which will be chosen in open competition.

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Comment: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation

Subjects: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics; Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena

URL: https://arxiv.org/abs/2207.05485