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Title: Limits on fast radio bursts and other transient sources at 182 MHz using the Murchison widefield array
Authors: Rowlinson, A.
Bell, M.E.
Deshpande, A.A.
Udaya Shankar, N.
Srivani, K.S.
Subrahmanyan, Ravi
Prabu, T.
+30 Co-authors
Keywords: instrumentation: interferometers techniques
image processing catalogues
radio continuum:
24 months
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press for The Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2016, Vol. 458, p 3506-3522
Abstract: We present a survey for transient and variable sources, on time-scales from 28 s to ∼1 yr, using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) at 182 MHz. Down to a detection threshold of 0.285 Jy, no transient candidates were identified, making this the most constraining low-frequency survey to date and placing a limit on the surface density of transients of <4.1 × 10−7 deg−2 for the shortest time-scale considered. At these frequencies, emission from Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) is expected to be detectable in the shortest time-scale images without any corrections for interstellar or intergalactic dispersion. At an FRB limiting flux density of 7980 Jy, we find a rate of <82 FRBs per sky per day for dispersion measures <700 pc cm−3. Assuming a cosmological population of standard candles, our rate limits are consistent with the FRB rates obtained by Thornton et al. if they have a flat spectral slope. Finally, we conduct an initial variability survey of sources in the field with flux densities ≳0.5 Jy and identify no sources with significant variability in their light curves. However, we note that substantial further work is required to fully characterize both the short-term and low-level variability within this field.
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ISSN: 0035-8711
1365-2966 - (online)
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Copyright: 2016 The authors & the Royal Astronomical Society.
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