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ThunderKAT: The MeerKAT large survey project for image-plane radio transients

ThunderKAT: The MeerKAT large survey project for image-plane radio transients
ThunderKAT: The MeerKAT large survey project for image-plane radio transients
ThunderKAT is the image-plane transients programme for MeerKAT. The goal as outlined in 2010, and still today, is to find, identify and understand high-energy astrophysical processes via their radio emission (often in concert with observations at other wavelengths). Through a comprehensive and complementary programme of surveying and monitoring Galactic synchrotron transients (across a range of compact accretors and a range of other explosive phenomena) and exploring distinct populations of extragalactic synchrotron transients (microquasars, supernovae and possibly yet unknown transient phenomena) - both from direct surveys and commensal observations - we will revolutionise our understanding of the dynamic and explosive transient radio sky. As well as performing targeted programmes of our own, we have made agreements with the other MeerKAT large survey projects (LSPs) that we will also search their data for transients. This commensal use of the other surveys, which remains one of our key programme goals in 2016, means that the combined MeerKAT LSPs will produce by far the largest GHz-frequency radio transient programme to date.
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Fender, R., Woudt, P. A., Armstrong, R., Groot, P., McBride, V., Miller-Jones, J., Mooley, K., Stappers, B., Wijers, R., Bietenholz, M., Blyth, S., Bottcher, M., Buckley, D., Charles, P., Chomiuk, L., Coppejans, D., Corbel, S., Coriat, M., Daigne, F., Blok, W. J. G. de, Falcke, H., Girard, J., Heywood, I., Horesh, A., Horrell, J., Jonker, P., Joseph, T., Kamble, A., Knigge, C., Koerding, E., Kotze, M., Kouveliotou, C., Lynch, C., Maccarone, T., Meintjes, P., Migliari, S., Murphy, T., Nagayama, T., Nelemans, G., Nicholson, G., O'Brien, T., Oodendaal, A., Oozeer, N., Osborne, J., Perez-Torres, M., Ratcliffe, S., Ribeiro, V., Rol, E., Rushton, A., Scaife, A., Schurch, M., Sivakoff, G., Staley, T., Steeghs, D., Stewart, I., Swinbank, J., Heyden, K. van der, Horst, A. van der, Soelen, B. van, Vergani, S., Warner, B. and Wiersema, K. (2018) ThunderKAT: The MeerKAT large survey project for image-plane radio transients. Proceedings of Science. (doi:10.22323/1.277.0013).

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Abstract

ThunderKAT is the image-plane transients programme for MeerKAT. The goal as outlined in 2010, and still today, is to find, identify and understand high-energy astrophysical processes via their radio emission (often in concert with observations at other wavelengths). Through a comprehensive and complementary programme of surveying and monitoring Galactic synchrotron transients (across a range of compact accretors and a range of other explosive phenomena) and exploring distinct populations of extragalactic synchrotron transients (microquasars, supernovae and possibly yet unknown transient phenomena) - both from direct surveys and commensal observations - we will revolutionise our understanding of the dynamic and explosive transient radio sky. As well as performing targeted programmes of our own, we have made agreements with the other MeerKAT large survey projects (LSPs) that we will also search their data for transients. This commensal use of the other surveys, which remains one of our key programme goals in 2016, means that the combined MeerKAT LSPs will produce by far the largest GHz-frequency radio transient programme to date.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 November 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 February 2018
Additional Information: To be published in "MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA". Proceedings of Science. Workshop held 25-27 May, 2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Keywords: astro-ph.HE

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Local EPrints ID: 415715
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415715
ISSN: 1824-8039
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Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 05:25

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Author: R. Fender
Author: P. A. Woudt
Author: R. Armstrong
Author: P. Groot
Author: V. McBride
Author: J. Miller-Jones
Author: K. Mooley
Author: B. Stappers
Author: R. Wijers
Author: M. Bietenholz
Author: S. Blyth
Author: M. Bottcher
Author: D. Buckley
Author: P. Charles
Author: L. Chomiuk
Author: D. Coppejans
Author: S. Corbel
Author: M. Coriat
Author: F. Daigne
Author: W. J. G. de Blok
Author: H. Falcke
Author: J. Girard
Author: I. Heywood
Author: A. Horesh
Author: J. Horrell
Author: P. Jonker
Author: T. Joseph
Author: A. Kamble
Author: C. Knigge
Author: E. Koerding
Author: M. Kotze
Author: C. Kouveliotou
Author: C. Lynch
Author: T. Maccarone
Author: P. Meintjes
Author: S. Migliari
Author: T. Murphy
Author: T. Nagayama
Author: G. Nelemans
Author: G. Nicholson
Author: T. O'Brien
Author: A. Oodendaal
Author: N. Oozeer
Author: J. Osborne
Author: M. Perez-Torres
Author: S. Ratcliffe
Author: V. Ribeiro
Author: E. Rol
Author: A. Rushton
Author: A. Scaife
Author: M. Schurch
Author: G. Sivakoff
Author: T. Staley
Author: D. Steeghs
Author: I. Stewart
Author: J. Swinbank
Author: K. van der Heyden
Author: A. van der Horst
Author: B. van Soelen
Author: S. Vergani
Author: B. Warner
Author: K. Wiersema

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