Searching for pulsars in the Small Magellanic Cloud with MeerKAT

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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 were 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 a PWN and a Vela-like glitcher. Our discoveries have the potential to reveal valuable information on many fields of science, 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.
Period3 Nov 2022
Event titleScience Possibilities Investigating Neutron Stars in the UK
Event typeConference
LocationLower Withington, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational