June's public telecon will be led by Deep Chatterjee of the Center for AstroPhysical Surveys at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
A filter for Electromagnetic Counterpart Identification during EM-follow up
With more sensitive future surveys, comes the risk of finding contaminants when it comes to the hunt for the kilonova (KN). This has already been experienced in the third LIGO/Virgo observing run (O3) when several initially "interesting" candidates were later ruled out to be other objects like supernovae, unrelated to the gravitational-wave (GW) trigger. A fast robust filter of KNe from other objects is paramount to the success of electromagnetic (EM) follow-up of GW transients. Here, we present a tool that can rapidly filter KNe from other EM transients using both the observed photometry and the contextual information available during discovery time. This tool can be easily incorporated by transient broker teams and can be used as a service to rank objects for follow-up downstream.