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Pulsar timing and giant pulses with MeerKAT data

Project: 
Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars that emit beams of radio emission. As the star spins its radio beams sweeps across the sky like a lighthouse. This emission is captured by radio telescopes as periodic pulses. With a sensitive telescope like MeerKAT, the arrival of pulses from pulsars can be measured with incredible precision. In this project the student will analyse millisecond pulsar data from MeerKAT and compute for which of these sources we can determine the pulse arrival times most accurately. The more stable, accurate pulsars will be contrasted with young pulsars whose emission is less predictable. Young unstable pulsars often emit giant flare pulses. In this project the student will investigate the erratic nature of these young pulsars by searching for giant flare pulses in their data.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UCT)

Supervisor

Marisa
Geyer

Co-Supervisor

Aris
Karastergiou
Research Area: 
Astronomy


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