The AAVSO International High Energy Network
The AAVSO International High Energy Network is dedicated to the optical monitoring of high energy astrophysical phenomena in the universe. It is an expansion of the AAVSO International Gamma-Ray Burst Network which had great success in discovering and observing the optical afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Observers around the world are able to respond in seconds or minutes to burst alerts sent by satellite, and are able to catch these rapidly evolving phenomena as quickly (if not more so) than professional observatories. The AAVSO still distributes GCN Notices and GCN Circulars, but the work of the High Energy Network is largely done informally as opportunities for new observations and targets arise. Several observers continue to pursue gamma ray bursts, and AAVSO staff collaborate with them to publish their results and pursue follow-up observations.
Today, AAVSO observers pursuing high energy sources go beyond gamma-ray burst follow-ups to include observations of other astrophysical sources bright in gamma- and X-rays. These include Blazars and other Active Galactic Nuclei, and Galactic gamma-ray sources like flare stars and X-ray binaries. The AAVSO International High Energy Network is a truly international endeavor, with observers from around the world actively conducting GRB follow-ups and participating in HEN campaigns. We invite researchers into high-energy phenomena to collaborate with AAVSO observers via Observing Campaigns on their sources of interest.
The AAVSO International High Energy Network activities are currently funded via the AAVSO Endowment Fund. We are grateful for past support by the Curry Foundation, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Center for Space Science, Sonoma State University, and the many observers and AAVSO members world-wide who have contributed their time and observations.
Recent High Energy Astrophysics news
- NEWS (2015 February 02): The outburst of PKS 0716+71 has declined from its very bright maximum in mid-January, but remains brighter than average at around V=13.0.
- NEWS (2013 April 27): GRB 130427A discovered, incredibly bright in both gamma rays and optical light. Wiggins publishes early light curve; see GCN Circular 14490.
- NEWS (2012 March 27): Gary Poyner reports that the blazar OJ 287 is currently flaring, measured at m(vis)=14.1 on 2012 March 26.917.
- NEWS (2011 October 20): Oksanen et al publish deep light curve of GRB 110918A. See GCN Circular 12458 and our news item on this GRB.
- NEWS (2011 September 20): Arto Oksanen observes GRB 110918A. See GCN Circular 12369
- NEWS (2011 July 15): Peter Nelson observes GRB 110715A. See GCN Circular 12174
- NEWS (2011 May 3): Eric Broens and David Boyd both observe GRB 110503A. See GCN Circular 12009
- NEWS (2011 April 27): Gary Poyner reports via BAAVSS-alert that the blazar PKS 0716+71 is at m(vis)=14.8, its faintest level since December 2007.
- Latest GRB activity from GCN Notices (updated in real time)
- Our Successes! -- recently published AAVSO GRB observations (updated 2011 October 20)
- The AAVSO-HEN mailing list archive
- The AAVSO HEN report archive (ftp)
Targets of Interest
About AAVSO HEN
- General Overview
- HEN Report of activities for Fiscal Year 2009
- Archives of High Energy Astrophysics Workshops
- Other Links & More Info
The AAVSO and its members would like to thank the following people for their support and expertise: Scott Barthelmy, Charles Curry of The Curry Foundation, Jerry Fishman, Peter Garnavich, Arne Henden, Steve Howell, Kevin Hurley, Chryssa Kouveliotou, George Ricker, and Gordon Spear.