Vol 19, No 2 (2019) / Wang

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How can FAST improve study of the pulsar emission mechanism and magnetospheric dynamics?

Hong-Guang Wang, Guo-Jun Qiao, Yuan-Jie Du, Ji-Guang Lu, Ren-Xin Xu, Ke-Jia Lee, Xiong-Wei Liu


The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) has the potential to discover many new pulsars and new phenomena. In this paper we mainly concentrate on how FAST can impact study of the pulsar emission mechanism and magnetospheric dynamics. Several observational programs heading to this direction are reviewed. To make full use of the superior performance of FAST and maximize the scientific outcome, these programs can be arranged in different phases of FAST according to their demands for observational conditions. We suggest that programs can be performed following the test phase, which are observations of multifrequency mean pulse profiles, anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs)/soft gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs), mode changing, drifting subpulse and nulling. The long-term monitoring can be carried out for mode changing, AXPs/SGRs and precessional pulsars. Others programs, including polarization observations of radio and γ-ray pulsars, searching for weak pulse components, and multifrequency observations of subpulse drifting, microstructure and giant pulses, can be conducted in all the normal operating phases (the first and second phases). These programs will push forward the frontier in this field in different respects. The search for sub-millisecond pulsars and follow-up observations of their emission properties are very important projects for FAST, but they may be covered by other papers in this mini-volume; therefore, they are not discussed here.


pulsars: general — pulsars: radio emission — radiation mechanisms: non-thermal

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674–4527/19/2/21


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