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Parkes observations for project P1054 semester 2020APRS_01
With this proposal we ask time to begin a follow-up campaign of potential new discoveries from the TRAPUM (TRAnsients and PUlsars with Meerkat) survey, which is due to start in January 2020. About 10 new pulsars are expected to be found during the first semester of operations, in targeted pointings towards supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae an... mored Fermi unidentified point sources. Timing observations have an essential role in exploiting the full potential of any pulsar discovery, allowing the precise measurement of rotational, astrometric and orbital parameters which, in turn, give us powerful tools to improve our understanding of the physics in extreme environments as well as of the population of neutron stars as a whole. The UWL receiver of the Parkes telescope is a sensitive, versatile instrument that will allow us to successfully time the bright-end of TRAPUM discoveries. We here request (up to) 2-hr long monthly observations of any new TRAPUM pulsar with a flux density at 1.4 GHz above $\sim 60 \mu$Jy. less
Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified
01 Apr 2020
30 Sep 2020
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Burgay, Marta; Possenti, Andrea; Kramer, Michael; Freire, Paulo; Weltevrede, Patrick; Stappers, Benjamin; Keane, Evan; Levin, Lina; Buchner, Sarah; Joseph, Tana; Boettcher, Markus; Wex, Norbert; Deneva, Julia; Breton, Rene; Cognard, Ismaël; Grießmeier, Jean-Mathias (2020): Parkes observations for project P1054 semester 2020APRS_01. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
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P1054 - Initial follow-up of pulsar discoveries from MeerKAT targetted searches
Pulsars are incredible compact residues generated in the supernova explosion of dying massive stars. These sorts of stellar corpses concentrate the mass of one and a half Suns in a sphere just 25 km across. They are so dense that a spoonful of their matter would weight 100 billion tons on Earth! Thanks to their rapid rotation - the fastest spins 71... more6 times in a second - and extreme magnetic fields - 1000 billion times that of Earth - pulsars emit collimated beams of radio waves. This makes them appear as cosmic light-houses: one time per rotation their radio beacons cross the line of sight to Earth and astronomers register, through big radio telescopes, a pulse of radio waves.
With this project we want to study in depth new pulsars recently discovered by one of the most modern radio telescopes in the world, the Southafrican MeerKAT telescope. Thanks to its new instrumentation (the so-called Ultra-wide Band receiver Low), the Dish remains one of the best observatories for pulsar studies. less