Vol 24, No 4

A Study of 10 Rotating Radio Transients Using Parkes Radio Telescope

Xinhui Ren, Jingbo Wang, Wenming Yan, Jintao Xie, Shuangqiang Wang, Yirong Wen and Yong Xia


Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs) are a relatively new subclass of pulsars that emit detectable radio bursts sporadically. We analyzed 10 RRATs observed using the Parkes telescope, with eight of these observed via the ultra-wide-bandwidth low-frequency (UWL) receiver. We measured the burst rate and produced integrated profiles spanning multiple frequency bands for three RRATs. We also conducted a spectral analysis on both integrated pulses and individual pulses of three RRATs. All of their integrated pulses follow a simple power law, consistent with the known range of pulsar spectral indices. Their average spectral indices of single pulses are −0.9, −1.2, and −1.0 respectively, which are within the known range of pulsar spectral indices. Additionally, we find that the spreads of single-pulse spectral indices for these RRATs (ranging from −3.5 to +0.5) are narrower compared to what has been observed in other RRATs. Notably, the average spectral index and scatter of single pulses are both relatively small. For the remaining five RRATs observed at the UWL receiver, we also provide the upper limits on fluence and flux density. In addition, we obtain the timing solution of PSR J1709-43. Our analysis shows that PSRs J1919+1745, J1709-43, and J1649-4653 are potentially nulling pulsars or weak pulsars with sparse strong pulses.


Key words: (stars:) pulsars: general – stars: neutron – stars: individual (PSRs J1919+1745, 1909+0641, 0628+0909)

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