- FRATs: a real-time search for Fast Radio Transients with LOFAR
- Proceedings of science
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
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.
- Proceedings title: ISKAF2010 science meeting: June 10-14 2010, Assen, The Netherlands
Place of publication: Trieste
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