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Pulsar Searches with the SKA

  • L. Levin (a1), W. Armour (a2), C. Baffa (a3), E. Barr (a4), S. Cooper (a1), R. Eatough (a4), A. Ensor (a5), E. Giani (a3), A. Karastergiou (a2), R. Karuppusamy (a4), M. Keith (a1), M. Kramer (a4), R. Lyon (a1), M. Mackintosh (a6), M. Mickaliger (a1), R van Nieuwpoort (a7), M. Pearson (a1), T. Prabu (a1), J. Roy (a1) (a8), O. Sinnen (a9), L. Spitler (a4), H. Spreeuw (a7), B. W. Stappers (a1), W. van Straten (a5), C. Williams (a2), H. Wang (a9), K. Wiesner (a4) and the SKA TDT team...

The Square Kilometre Array will be an amazing instrument for pulsar astronomy. While the full SKA will be sensitive enough to detect all pulsars in the Galaxy visible from Earth, already with SKA1, pulsar searches will discover enough pulsars to increase the currently known population by a factor of four, no doubt including a range of amazing unknown sources. Real time processing is needed to deal with the 60 PB of pulsar search data collected per day, using a signal processing pipeline required to perform more than 10 POps. Here we present the suggested design of the pulsar search engine for the SKA and discuss challenges and solutions to the pulsar search venture.

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Baffa, C. on behalf of the SKA-TDT group, 2014, Proceedings of the SPIE, 9147, id. 91479B
Keane, E., Bhattacharyya, B., Kramer, M., & Stappers, B. et. al. 2015, Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array (AASKA14), 40
Lyon, R. J., Stappers, B. W., Cooper, S., Brooke, J. M., & Knowles, J. D., 2016, MNRAS, 459, 1104
Lyon, R. J., Stappers, B. W., Levin, L., Mickaliger, M. B., & Scaife, A. 2017, Astronomy & Computing, in prep.
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
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