The LOFAR Responsive Telescope allows users to trigger the telescope to start their observation within 5 minutes, overriding any lower priority observations. This enables follow-up of transient events such as gamma ray bursts or solar activity. The current functionality is limited to only a few pre-determined templates with a small number of user entries (e.g. RA, DEC). Observations will start as soon as possible, up to a dwell time specified with the trigger. The observations will be scheduled when the schedule allows for it, based on the rank of the projects. For each project, a distinct number of triggers will be assigned by the PC.
The Responsive Telescope will be built into the new Telescope Manager Specification System, using templates that were offered previously. PIs that want to propose for this mode need to get in contact with the SDCO group as soon as possible to discuss the possibilities for their project.