The radio sky is not steady on timescales below one second. Pulsars (including the rotating radio transients RRATs) and solar-system
objects (e.g. solar flares, jupiter bursts, saturn lightning) give rise to sub-second pulses. Also in many known radiation
processes coherent radiation can more easily occur at longer wavelengths, for which the size of the emitting region is comparable
to the wavelength. This makes low frequency surveys ideally suited for the detection of new emission mechanisms caused by
compact objects, such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. To detect as many of these Fast Radio Transients (FRATs)
as possible, we are setting up a technique to detect and identify short single pulses with LOFAR in real-time, with unprecedented
sensitivity in this frequency range, and excellent discrimination against terrestrial signals.
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