|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|15:00-16:00 Wed 26 Feb 2020|
Marsfield Lecture Theatre
(Swinburne University of Technology)
Marcus Lower Colloquium: Massive scale pulsar timing with the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope
The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST) played an integral role in the early years of pulsar astronomy, discovering more than half of all pulsars known at the time. More recently, the telescope underwent a series of upgrades — the UTMOST project — to transform it into a modern, radio transient detecting machine. Its wide field of view, large collecting area and fully autonomous scheduling system has enabled the discovery of more than a dozen fast radio bursts, new pulsar candidates, and monitoring of hundreds of radio pulsars with daily to weekly cadences. High cadence observations of a large sample of pulsars are required to better understand the impact of short-term and transient pulsar phenomenon, such as sudden spin-up events (glitches), profile variations and spin-down state switching on their long-term rotational evolution. This unique capability among Southern Hemisphere telescopes will soon be enhanced through upgrades to the telescope’s currently unused North-South arms as part of the UTMOST-2D project.
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