C. Bailyn, E.W. Bonning, M.Buxton, P.Coppi, J. Isler, R. Chatterjee, M. Urry (Yale University), L. Maraschi (Brera Observatory), G. Fossati (Rice University)
This program uses ~700 hours per year on three of the telescopes operated by the Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System (SMARTS) at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) in Chile to observe all public Large Area Telescope (LAT) monitored blazars that are accessible from Chile. The data generated is used to study the relationship between the emission peak in optical/IR bandpasses and the public Fermi gamma-ray emission. Data and results from the SMARTS telescopes are made public on a timescale comparable to that of the LAT data on these sources on this webpage.