Special Issue for Stars and interstellar medium

Search for giant pulses of radio pulsars at frequency 111 MHz with LPA radio telescope

Andrey Nikolaevich Kazantsev, Vladimir Alexeevich Potapov


Abstract We have used the unique low frequency sensitivity of the Large Phased Array (LPA) radio telescope of Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory to collect a dataset consisting of single pulse observations of second period pulsars in the Northern Hemisphere. During observation sessions in 2011–2017, we collected data on 71 pulsars at a frequency of 111 MHz using a digital pulsar receiver. We have discovered Giant Radio Pulses (GRPs) from pulsars B0301+09 and B1237+25, and confirmed earlier reported generation of anomalously strong (probable giant) pulses from B1133+16 in a statistically significant dataset. Data for these pulsars and from B0950+08 and B1112+50, earlier reported as pulsars generating GRPs, were analyzed to evaluate their behavior over long time intervals. It was found that the statistical criterion (power-law spectrum of GRP distribution of energy and peak flux density) seems not to be strict for pulsars with a low magnetic field at their light cylinder. Moreover, spectra of some of these pulsars demonstrate unstable behavior with time and have a complex multicomponent shape. In the dataset for B0950+08, we have detected the strongest GRP from a pulsar with a low magnetic field at its light cylinder ever reported, having a peak flux density as strong as 16.8 kJy.


Keywords stars: neutron — pulsars: general — pulsars: individual (PSR B0301+19, PSR B0320+39, PSR B0329+54, PSR B0809+74, PSR B0950+08, PSR B1112+50, PSR B1133+16, PSR B1237+25) — pulsars: g iant pulses, individual pulses

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