Searching for pulsars in the Small Magellanic Cloud with MeerKAT

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


TRAPUM (TRAnsients and PUlsars with MeerKAT, Stappers & Kramer 2016) is a Large Survey Project of the MeerKAT telescope, a 64-dish radio interferometer and precursor to the Square Kilometer Array. The TRAPUM collaboration is conducting a MeerKAT survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a nearby dwarf galaxy, to search for rare new extragalactic radio pulsars. 7 new pulsars have been discovered so far, doubling the known population of pulsars in the SMC, and increasing the total extragalactic population by 25%. 3 out of the 7 pulsars discovered are young, including one in an X-ray PWN and a Vela-like glitcher. Our discoveries have the potential to reveal valuable information on Neutron Star formation, Gravitational Waves and Fast Radio Bursts, by effectively probing the effects of another galaxy's properties onto a neutron star population. In this talk, I present our survey, our novel observing and processing methods, and our discoveries.
Period19 Apr 2023
Event title16th MPIfR Bonn Workshop on the Formation and Evolution of Neutron Stars: The many faces of Neutron Stars​
Event typeConference
LocationBonn, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational