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Rotating Radio Transients and Their Place Among PulsarsSix years ago, the discovery of Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs) marked what appeared to be a new type of sparsely-emitting pulsar. Since 2006, more than 70 of these objects have been discovered in single-pulse searches of archival and new surveys. With a continual inflow of new information about the RRAT population in the form of new discoveries, multi-frequency follow ups, coherent timing solutions, and pulse rate statistics, a view is beginning to form of the place in the pulsar population RRATs hold. Here we review the properties of neutron stars discovered through single pulse searches. We first seek to clarify the definition of the term RRAT, emphasising that "the RRAT population" encompasses several phenomenologies. A large subset of RRATs appears to represent the tail of an extended distribution of pulsar nulling fractions and activity cycles; these objects present several key open questions remaining in this field.
Document ID
20150004669
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Burke-Spolaor, S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 8, 2015
Publication Date
August 22, 2012
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Meeting Information
IAU XXVIII General Assembly/Special Session (Pulsars)(Beijing)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
stars
pulsars
statistics
neutron
Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs)