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The High Time Resolution Universe Pulsar Survey – I. System configuration and initial discoveries

M. J. Keith, A. Jameson, W. van Straten, M. Bailes, S. Johnston, M. Kramer, A. Possenti, S. D. Bates, N. D. R. Bhat, M. Burgay, S. Burke-Spolaor, N. D'Amico, L. Levin, Peter L. McMahon, S. Milia and B. W. Stappers

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 409, issue 2, pages 619-627
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17325.x
The High Time Resolution Universe Pulsar Survey – I. System configuration and initial discoveries

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We have embarked on a survey for pulsars and fast transients using the 13-beam multibeam receiver on the Parkes Radio Telescope. Installation of a digital backend allows us to record 400 MHz of bandwidth for each beam, split into 1024 channels and sampled every 64 μs. Limits of the receiver package restrict us to a 340 MHz observing band centred at 1352 MHz. The factor of 8 improvement in frequency resolution over previous multibeam surveys allows us to probe deeper into the Galactic plane for short-duration signals such as the pulses from millisecond pulsars. We plan to survey the entire southern sky in 42 641 pointings, split into low, mid and high Galactic latitude regions, with integration times of 4200, 540 and 270 s, respectively. Simulations suggest that we will discover 400 pulsars, of which 75 will be millisecond pulsars. With ∼30 per cent of the mid-latitude survey complete, we have redetected 223 previously known pulsars and discovered 27 pulsars, five of which are millisecond pulsars. The newly discovered millisecond pulsars tend to have larger dispersion measures than those discovered in previous surveys, as expected from the improved time and frequency resolution of our instrument.

Keywords: pulsars: general

Journal Article.  6813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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