Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Over the summer I worked with Prof. Daniel Reichart to repair and prepare the Skynet robotic telescope network for the next LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave run. This run marks the beginning of the LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave observation period, where we aim to capture an optical counterpart to a gravitational wave event. This will allow us to calculate Hubble's constant, the confirmation of which will be extremely important to nearly all astrophysics research going forward. The first part of my research brought me to Chile, where we repaired our telescopes at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Afterward, I worked to create and test the tools and software that we will use once the gravitational run begins.