The Time-domain Astronomy Coordination Hub (TACH) is a new effort to expand upon systems that make up the backbone of many areas of time-domain, multiwavelength, and multimessenger astrophysics: the Gamma-ray Coordinates Network (GCN) and the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC). To adapt to the recent and coming revolutions in the type, rate, frequency, and search parameter space of ground- and space-based transient discoveries, new capabilities will be added to GCN and HEASARC to enable community coordination of follow-up observations and scientific queries of past observations. These include improved GCN user configuration flexibility, output protocols, reliability, speed, and cross-correlation between missions. The Multi-Mission Transient Database (MTD) will provide real-time spatial, temporal, and/or event-based queries into the GCN Notice and Circular archives, transient and source catalogs, and transient streams from wide-area surveys. TACH will also provide the infrastructure for joint multi-gamma-ray mission localizations in an open source platform, especially relevant for the upcoming generation of gamma-ray burst detecting SmallSats. The TACH team welcomes inputs to make these tools better serve the user community.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #235
- Pub Date:
- January 2020