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The Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON)

  • Ayala Solares, Hugo A.
  • Coutu, Stephane
  • Cowen, D.F.
  • DeLaunay, James J.
  • Fox, Derek B.
  • Keivani, Azadeh
  • Mostafa, Miguel
  • Murase, Kohta
  • Oikonomou, Foteini
  • Seglar-Arroyo, Monica
  • Tesic, Gordana
  • Turley, Colin F.
Publication Date
Apr 11, 2019
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The Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON) has been built with the purpose of enabling near real-time coincidence searches between different observatories and telescopes. Its mission is to evoke, exploit and explore multimessenger sources. AMON aims to promote the advancement of multimessenger astrophysics by allowing its participants to study the most energetic phenomena in the universe and to help answer some of the outstanding enigmas in astrophysics, fundamental physics, and cosmology. The main strength of AMON is its ability to combine and analyze sub-threshold data from different facilities. These data cannot generally be used standalone to identify astrophysical sources. The analysis algorithms used in AMON will identify statistically significant coincidence candidates of multimessenger events, leading to the distribution of AMON alerts used by partner observatories for real-time follow-up to catch transient events. We present the science motivation, partner observatories, implementation and summary of the current status of the AMON project.

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