Key Projects

Key Projects are large, coherent, observing programs designed to take maximum advantage of the unique capabilities of the LCO global telescope network. They involve thousands of hours of observations over multiple years. This investment of observing time enables results that promise scientific impact that would not be possible from a collection of multiple, smaller programs.

The original LCO Key Projects, selected in 2017/18, complete their observations in semester 2020A. A complete new set of Key Projects begins in semester 2020B. They include new work in science areas from previous Key Projects, as well as multiple programs addressing new science questions.

The 2020 Key Project programs are presented here:

Institution
Tel Aviv University
Title
Discovery and Follow-up of Optical Counterparts to Gravitational-Wave Events
Project Summary
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PI Name
Etienne Bachelet
Institution
Las Cumbres Observatory
Title
Observing Microlensing Events of the Galaxy Automatically: The OMEGA Key Project
Project Summary
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Institution
University of California Davis
Title
High-cadence Lens Monitoring for Time Delay Cosmography
Project Summary
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Institution
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Title
Catch a Fading Star: Probing the Planet-Forming Zones of Circumstellar Disks with LCO
Project Summary
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Institution
University of St. Andrews
Title
Intensive Disk Reverberation Mapping of Nearby Active Galactic Nuclei
Project Summary
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Institution
Las Cumbres Observatory
Title
The Global Supernova Project
Project Summary
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Institution
Las Cumbres Observatory
Title
LCO Outbursting Objects Key (LOOK) Project
Project Summary
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PI Name
Savita Mathur
Institution
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
Title
The Evolution and Variability of Sun-like Activity Cycle
Project Summary
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Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Summary
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Institution
University of Connecticut
Title
Echo Mapping Accretion onto Supermassive Black Holes across Cosmic Time
Project Summary
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