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Discovering Fast Transients and Pulsars with MeerKAT for Cosmology and to Test the Laws of Gravity

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Project "MeerTRAP" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 3˙488˙955 €
 EC max contribution 3˙488˙955 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER UK (MANCHESTER) coordinator 3˙488˙955.00


 Project objective

'Short duration bursts of cosmic radio emission provide us with a potent tool for studying the extremes of physics. In the form of periodic pulses from pulsars they can be used as precision instruments to test theories of gravity, understand the emission processes and the equation of state of ultra-dense matter. In the form of transient bursts we can use them to study the physics governing explosive events such as gamma-ray bursts, merging neutron stars, annihilating black holes or hitherto unknown phenomena. Observing how these bursts are affected by their passage through the distant Universe allows us to probe its physical state. To harness the combined power of periodic and bursting radio sources to explore physics beyond that possible in a terrestrial laboratory I propose MeerTRAP: Meer (more) TRAnsients and Pulsars, a project to continuously use the MeerKAT telescope to search the radio sky for pulsars and fast transients and to rapidly and accurately locate them. Utilising the excellent sensitivity and sky coverage of MeerTRAP my team will discover many rare and scientifically important pulsar types: relativistic binaries, intermittent emitters, transitioning systems. Current radio telescopes have only explored the tip of the transients 'iceberg' and MeerTRAP will transform our knowledge of these manifestations of extreme physics. It will detect hundreds of new bursts, which will all be well localised, allowing us to identify hosts and distances, greatly enhancing their use as cosmological probes. Localisation also enables measurement of their true fluxes, polarisation and spectral indices which are all crucial to identify their origin. To achieve this we will design, implement and exploit state-of-the-art hardware and software. We will also use the MeerLICHT optical telescope, which will track MeerKAT, to give us a crucial glimpse of the optical sky immediately before and after any radio transient to further constrain their origin and the associated physics.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Zafiirah Hosenie, Robert J Lyon, Benjamin W Stappers, Arrykrishna Mootoovaloo
Comparing Multiclass, Binary, and Hierarchical Machine Learning Classification schemes for variable stars
published pages: 4858-4872, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1999
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 488/4 2019-12-16
2019 N Titus, B W Stappers, V Morello, M Caleb, M D Filipović, V A McBride, W C G Ho, D A H Buckley
Targeted search for young radio pulsars in the SMC: Discovery of two new pulsars
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1578
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2019-12-16
2019 K M Rajwade, D Agarwal, D R Lorimer, N M Pingel, D J Pisano, M Ruzindana, B Jeffs, K F Warnick, D A Roshi, M A McLaughlin
A 21 cm pilot survey for pulsars and transients using the Focal L-Band Array for the Green Bank Telescope
published pages: 1709-1718, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2207
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 489/2 2019-12-16
2019 B. Bhattacharyya, J. Roy, B. W. Stappers, T. Johnson, C. D. Ilie, A. Lyne, M. Malenta, P. Weltevrede, J. Chengalur, S. Cooper, B. Kaur, M. Keith, M. Kerr, S. Kudale, M. A. McLaughlin, S. M. Ransom, P. S. Ray
The GMRT High-resolution Southern Sky Survey for Pulsars and Transients. II. New Discoveries, Timing, and Polarization Properties
published pages: 59, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2bf3
The Astrophysical Journal 881/1 2019-12-16
2019 M Caleb, W van Straten, E F Keane, A Jameson, M Bailes, E D Barr, C Flynn, C D Ilie, E Petroff, A Rogers, B W Stappers, V Venkatraman Krishnan, P Weltevrede
Polarization studies of rotating radio transients
published pages: 1191-1199, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1352
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 487/1 2019-12-16
2019 S. Sanidas, S. Cooper, C. G. Bassa, J. W. T. Hessels, V. I. Kondratiev, D. Michilli, B. W. Stappers, C. M. Tan, J. van Leeuwen, L. Cerrigone, R. A. Fallows, M. Iacobelli, E. Orrú, R. F. Pizzo, A. Shulevski, M. C. Toribio, S. ter Veen, P. Zucca, L. Bondonneau, J.-M. Grießmeier, A. Karastergiou, M. Kramer, C. Sobey
The LOFAR Tied-Array All-Sky Survey (LOTAAS): Survey overview and initial pulsar discoveries
published pages: A104, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935609
Astronomy & Astrophysics 626 2019-12-16
2019 W Farah, C Flynn, M Bailes, A Jameson, T Bateman, D Campbell-Wilson, C K Day, A T Deller, A J Green, V Gupta, R Hunstead, M E Lower, S Osłowski, A Parthasarathy, D C Price, V Ravi, R M Shannon, A Sutherland, D Temby, V Venkatraman Krishnan, M Caleb, S-W Chang, M Cruces, J Roy, V Morello, C A Onken, B W Stappers, S Webb, C Wolf
Five new real-time detections of fast radio bursts with UTMOST
published pages: 2989-3002, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1748
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 488/3 2019-12-16
2019 Golnoosh Golpayegani, Duncan R Lorimer, Steven W Ellingson, Devansh Agarwal, Olivia Young, Frank Ghigo, Richard Prestage, Kaustubh Rajwade, Maura A McLaughlin, Michael Mingyar
GBTrans: A commensal search for radio pulses with the Green Bank twenty metre telescope
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2424
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2019-12-16
2019 S Bhandari, K W Bannister, C W James, R M Shannon, C M Flynn, M Caleb, J D Bunton
A southern sky search for repeating fast radio bursts using the Australian SKA Pathfinder
published pages: 70-76, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz804
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 486/1 2019-09-06
2019 J. W. T. Hessels, L. G. Spitler, A. D. Seymour, J. M. Cordes, D. Michilli, R. S. Lynch, K. Gourdji, A. M. Archibald, C. G. Bassa, G. C. Bower, S. Chatterjee, L. Connor, F. Crawford, J. S. Deneva, V. Gajjar, V. M. Kaspi, A. Keimpema, C. J. Law, B. Marcote, M. A. McLaughlin, Z. Paragi, E. Petroff, S. M. Ransom, P. Scholz, B. W. Stappers, S. P. Tendulkar
FRB 121102 Bursts Show Complex Time–Frequency Structure
published pages: L23, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab13ae
The Astrophysical Journal 876/2 2019-09-06
2018 R N Caballero, Y J Guo, K J Lee, P Lazarus, D J Champion, G Desvignes, M Kramer, K Plant, Z Arzoumanian, M Bailes, C G Bassa, N D R Bhat, A Brazier, M Burgay, S Burke-Spolaor, S J Chamberlin, S Chatterjee, I Cognard, J M Cordes, S Dai, P Demorest, T Dolch, R D Ferdman, E Fonseca, J R Gair, N Garver-Daniels, P Gentile, M E Gonzalez, E Graikou, L Guillemot, G Hobbs, G H Janssen, R Karuppusamy, M J Keith, M Kerr, M T Lam, P D Lasky, T J W Lazio, L Levin, K Liu, A N Lommen, D R Lorimer, R S Lynch, D R Madison, R N Manchester, J W McKee, M A McLaughlin, S T McWilliams, C M F Mingarelli, D J Nice, S Osłowski, N T Palliyaguru, T T Pennucci, B B P Perera, D Perrodin, A Possenti, S M Ransom, D J Reardon, S A Sanidas, A Sesana, G Shaifullah, R M Shannon, X Siemens, J Simon, R Spiewak, I Stairs, B Stappers, D R Stinebring, K Stovall, J K Swiggum, S R Taylor, G Theureau, C Tiburzi, L Toomey, R van Haasteren, W van Straten, J P W Verbiest, J B Wang, X J Zhu, W W Zhu
Studying the Solar system with the International Pulsar Timing Array
published pages: 5501-5516, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2632
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 481/4 2019-09-06
2018 B. W. Meyers, S. E. Tremblay, N. D. R. Bhat, C. Flynn, V. Gupta, R. M. Shannon, S. G. Murray, C. Sobey, S. M. Ord, S. Osłowski, B. Crosse, A. Williams, F. Jankowski, W. Farah, V. Venkatraman Krishnan, T. Bateman, M. Bailes, A. Beardsley, D. Emrich, T. M. O. Franzen, B. M. Gaensler, L. Horsley, M. Johnston-Hollitt, D. L. Kaplan, D. Kenney, M. F. Morales, D. Pallot, K. Steele, S. J. Tingay, C. M. Trott, M. Walker, R. B. Wayth, C. Wu
Hunting for Radio Emission from the Intermittent Pulsar J1107-5907 at Low Frequencies
published pages: 134, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaee7b
The Astrophysical Journal 869/2 2019-09-06
2018 L N Driessen, G H Janssen, C G Bassa, B W Stappers, D R Stinebring
Scattering features and variability of the Crab pulsar
published pages: 1224-1232, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3192
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 483/1 2019-09-06
2018 V Morello, E D Barr, S Cooper, M Bailes, S Bates, N D R Bhat, M Burgay, S Burke-Spolaor, A D Cameron, D J Champion, R P Eatough, C M L Flynn, A Jameson, S Johnston, M J Keith, E F Keane, M Kramer, L Levin, C Ng, E Petroff, A Possenti, B W Stappers, W van Straten, C Tiburzi
The High Time Resolution Universe survey – XIV. Discovery of 23 pulsars through GPU-accelerated reprocessing
published pages: 3673-3685, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3328
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 483/3 2019-09-06
2018 Manisha Caleb, Laura G. Spitler, Ben W. Stappers
One or several populations of fast radio burst sources?
published pages: 839-841, ISSN: 2397-3366, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0612-z
Nature Astronomy 2/11 2019-09-06
2018 Griffin Foster, Aris Karastergiou, Marisa Geyer, Mayuresh Surnis, Golnoosh Golpayegani, Kejia Lee, Duncan Lorimer, Danny C Price, Kaustubh Rajwade
Verifying and reporting Fast Radio Bursts
published pages: 2612-2627, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2396
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 481/2 2019-09-06
2018 Kaustubh Rajwade, Jayanth Chennamangalam, Duncan Lorimer, Aris Karastergiou
The Galactic halo pulsar population
published pages: 3094-3100, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1695
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 479/3 2019-09-06
2017 K. M. Rajwade, N. M. Pingel, R. A. Black, M. Ruzindana, M. Burnett, B. Jeffs, K. Warnick, D. J. Pisano, D. R. Lorimer, R. M. Prestage, L. Hawkins, J. Ray, P. Marganian, T. Chamberlin, J. Ford, W. Shillue, D. A. Roshi
Commissioning of FLAG: A phased array feed for the GBT
published pages: 398-399, ISSN: 1743-9213, DOI: 10.1017/s1743921317009012
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 13/S337 2019-09-06
2018 E Petroff, L C Oostrum, B W Stappers, M Bailes, E D Barr, S Bates, S Bhandari, N D R Bhat, M Burgay, S Burke-Spolaor, A D Cameron, D J Champion, R P Eatough, C M L Flynn, A Jameson, S Johnston, E F Keane, M J Keith, M Kramer, L Levin, V Morello, C Ng, A Possenti, V Ravi, W van Straten, D Thornton, C Tiburzi
A fast radio burst with a low dispersion measure
published pages: 3109-3115, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2909
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 482/3 2019-09-06
2018 W Farah, C Flynn, M Bailes, A Jameson, K W Bannister, E D Barr, T Bateman, S Bhandari, M Caleb, D Campbell-Wilson, S-W Chang, A Deller, A J Green, R Hunstead, F Jankowski, E Keane, J-P Macquart, A Möller, C A Onken, S Osłowski, A Parthasarathy, K Plant, V Ravi, R M Shannon, B E Tucker, V Venkatraman Krishnan, C Wolf
FRB microstructure revealed by the real-time detection of FRB170827
published pages: 1209-1217, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1122
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 478/1 2019-09-06
2018 M Caleb, E F Keane, W van Straten, M Kramer, J P Macquart, M Bailes, E D Barr, N D R Bhat, S Bhandari, M Burgay, W Farah, A Jameson, F Jankowski, S Johnston, E Petroff, A Possenti, B W Stappers, C Tiburzi, V Venkatraman Krishnan
The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts – III. Polarization properties of FRBs 160102 and 151230
published pages: 2046-2055, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1137
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 478/2 2019-09-06
2018 K Rożko, K M Rajwade, W Lewandowski, R Basu, J Kijak, D R Lorimer
Multi-frequency observations and spectral analysis of two gigahertz-peaked spectra pulsars
published pages: 2193-2201, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1575
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 479/2 2019-09-06
2017 Caleb, Manisha
Fast Radio Bursts - implications and future prospects for Fermi
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of Science - 7th International Fermi Symposium 69 2019-09-06
2019 M Caleb, C Flynn, B W Stappers
Constraining the era of helium reionization using fast radio bursts
published pages: 2281-2286, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz571
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 485/2 2019-09-06
2018 Marcus E. Lower, Chris Flynn, Matthew Bailes, Ewan D. Barr, Timothy Bateman, Shivani Bhandari, Manisha Caleb, Duncan Campbell-Wilson, Cherie Day, Adam Deller, Wael Farah, Anne J. Green, Vivek Gupta, Richard W. Hunstead, Andrew Jameson, Fabian Jankowski, Evan F. Keane, Vivek Venkatraman Krishnan, Stefan Osłowski, Aditya Parthasarathy, Kathryn Plant, Danny C. Price, Vikram Ravi, Ryan M. Shannon, David Temby, Glen Torr, Glenn Urquhart
Detection of a Glitch in the Pulsar J1709−4429
published pages: 139, ISSN: 2515-5172, DOI: 10.3847/2515-5172/aad7bc
Research Notes of the AAS 2/3 2019-09-06
2018 F Jankowski, M Bailes, W van Straten, E F Keane, C Flynn, E D Barr, T Bateman, S Bhandari, M Caleb, D Campbell-Wilson, W Farah, A J Green, R W Hunstead, A Jameson, S Osłowski, A Parthasarathy, P A Rosado, V Venkatraman Krishnan
The UTMOST pulsar timing programme I: Overview and first results
published pages: 3691-3712, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3390
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 484/3 2019-09-06
2019 M Caleb, B W Stappers, K Rajwade, C Flynn
Are all fast radio bursts repeating sources?
published pages: 5500-5508, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz386
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 484/4 2019-09-06

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