LOFT-e: Localisation Of Fast Transients with e-MERLIN

Thomas Scragg, Rene Breton, Benjamin Stappers, Jayanta Roy, Michael Keith, Charlie Walker

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The majority of fast radio bursts (FRBs) are poorly localised, hindering their potential scientific yield as galactic, intergalactic, and cosmological probes. LOFT-e, a digital backend for the U.K.'s e-MERLIN seven-telescope interferometer will provide commensal search and real-time detection of FRBs, taking full advantage of its field of view (FoV), sensitivity, and observation time. Upon burst detection, LOFT-e will store raw data offline, enabling the sub-arcsecond localisation provided by e-MERLIN and expanding the pool of localised FRBs. The high-time resolution backend will additionally introduce pulsar observing capabilities to e-MERLIN.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IAU Symposium 337: Pulsar Astrophysics - The Next 50 Years
EditorsPatrick Weltevrede, Benetge B. P. Perera, Lina Levin Preston, Sotiris Sanidas
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)1743-9213
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2018
EventPulsar Astrophysics - The Next 50 Years - Jodrell Bank Observatory, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20178 Sept 2017


ConferencePulsar Astrophysics - The Next 50 Years
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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