PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 277 - MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA (MeerKAT2016) - MeerKAT Large Survey Projects
An Update on TRAPUM
B. Stappers* and M. Kramer
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Published on: February 01, 2018
TRansients and PUlsars with MeerKAT (TRAPUM) is a
MeerKAT Large Survey Project which will utilise MeerKAT to
greatly expand our knowledge of the populations of sources which
emit at radio wavelengths on timescales ranging from
microseconds to seconds. The excellent sensitivity of MeerKAT
will allow us to discover many new (millisecond) pulsars, fast
radio transients including FRBs, radio emitting magnetars,
RRATs, giant pulses, flare stars, and active binaries to name
just a few. It will also allow us to significantly expand the
parameter space over which radio transients have been
discovered. MeerKAT will also be excellent for localising and
new sources through the combination of the relatively long
baselines and the use of transient buffers. TRAPUM will achieve
this through a combination of targeted searches: directed at
gamma-ray emitters identified by Fermi, supernova remnants
and other high energy sources, globular clusters -- reservoirs of
pulsars, and the Galactic centre, and blind searches of regions
of the Galactic plane. It will also perform a wide area Fly's
Eye style search for fast transients that will be able to find
at least 30 of the brightest FRBs. These searches are enabled by
MeerKAT in combination with a 400-beam beamformer and real-time
and offline processing capabilities funded through the
Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie and the European
Research Council-funded MeerTRAP project. This contribution is
completed on behalf of the entire TRAPUM team which consists of
more than 40 members from across the world. See
www.trapum.org for up to date team membership and other
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.277.0009
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