GROND is an imaging instrument to investigate Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows and other transients simultaneously in seven bands g'r'i'z'JHKs mounted at the 2.2m MPG telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile).

We are still in the testing stage of new GROND SN program, PI: (Janet) Ting-Wan Chen.

If you have unusual SNe and need GROND photometry, please contact Janet directly: jchen at

We currently only support to followup SNe with several epochs, and it's difficult for me to monitor a long-term lightcurve. 

The pixel scale in optical images is 0.158”/pixel, and 0.60”/pixel in NIR images, i.e., in the NIR frames, 4 pixels you see is actually 1 pixel. 

GROND/PESSTO data can be found here:

(for the login here use the username 'pessto')

Find the item in the top of marshall:

then choose "GROND" folder:


If you are interested in using GROND data, we appreciate to have those information in your paper:

(A) Coauthorship:

PI of GROND SN project:

Ting-Wan Chen (T.-W. Chen) 


The Oskar Klein Centre, Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, AlbaNova, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden

Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstra\ss e 1, 85748, Garching, Germany

PI of GROND ToO time:

Arne Rau (A. Rau)

Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstra\ss e 1, 85748, Garching, Germany

(B) Citation:

Please must cite the GROND instrument paper:

Greiner et al. 2008, PASP 120, 405

For the data reduction, the standard reference is:

Krühler et al. 2008, ApJ, 685, 376

But if you a short in references (e.g., for Nature, Science, ApJ Letters ...) you could cut this, 

but for a normal paper it would be appropriate to cite. 

For a part of GREAT survey, please cite:

Chen et al. 2018, ApJ, 867L, 31

(C) Acknowledgments: 

Part of the funding for GROND (both hardware as well as personnel) was generously granted from the Leibniz-Prize to Prof. G. Hasinger (DFG grant HA 1850/28-1). 

TWC acknowledges the funding provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the EU Funding under Marie Sk\l{}odowska-Curie grant H2020-MSCA-IF-2018-842471.

(D) Standard paragraph of GROND observations in your draft, please feel free to modify it!

We monitored the lightcurve evolution of SN2016iae using the Gamma-Ray Burst Optical/Near-Infrared

Detector (GROND; Greiner et al. 2008, PASP 120, 405), a 7-channel imager that collects multi-colour

photometry simultaneously with g'r'i'z'JHKs bands, mounted at the 2.2 m MPG telescope at ESO

La Silla Observatory in Chile. The images were reduced by the GROND pipeline (Krühler et al. 2008, ApJ, 685, 376),

which applies de-bias and flat-field corrections, stacks images and provides astrometry calibration.

GROND Internal Data Release I  

Date: 27 Oct 2017

Observation list of SNe, please see more info at:



The ''GREAT'' (GRond-Epessto-ATlas) survey of early superluminous supernova bumps project is a broad collaboration mainly coordinated by members of the GROND (Greiner et al. 2008, PASP 120, 405), ePESSTO (Smartt et al. 2015 A&A, 579, 40; and ATLAS team (Tonry et al. 2011, PASP, 123, 58; Tonry et al. ATel #8680). We aim to search for pre-peak light curve bumps of superluminous supernovae (e.g. Leloudas et al. 2012, A&A, 541, 129; Nicholl et al. 2015, ApJL, 807, L18; Nicholl & Smartt 2016, MNRAS, 457, L79; Smith et al. 2016, ApJL, 818, L8) in the low-z regime.

Targets are supplied by the ATLAS survey with a 2-4 day cadence, and we select our targets based on the presence of a faint underlying host galaxy in the PanSTARRS pre-explosion images. This is because the hosts of superluminous supernovae tend to be compact, star-forming dwarf galaxies with median of M_B ~ -17 mag (e.g. Chen et al. 2013, ApJL, 763, L28; Lunnan et al. 2014, ApJ, 787, 138; Schulze et al. 2016, arXiv:161205978). We use simultaneous g'r'i'z'JHK GROND observations to estimate the photospheric temperature of the source from a fit of the spectral energy distribution assuming a black body. In those cases where we find a high temperature (> 20000 K) object, we then trigger ePESSTO for spectroscopic classification. This has the advantage that both the 2.2m MPG telescope and NTT are co-located at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile). We plan to report our GROND observations through ATels for those objects with an estimated black body temperature > 20000 K. For those objects that have a lower temperature, we will provide information through the ePESSTO NTT observation management tool. Moreover, we will add a comment for each object on the TNS webpage.

We acknowledge excellent help in obtaining these data from the supporting astronomers and observers on La Silla for 2.2m and NTT, and thanks the organisers and participants of MIAPP workshop “Superluminous supernovae in the next decade” for stimulating discussions.

We also contribute the photometry information to ePESSTO ATel report, and try to select high temperature/blue colour objects in faint hosts for NTT to classify. 

Fro more details please see:


SLSN.INFO  webpage

A list of type I superluminous supernovae and their host galaxies.