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Rotating Radio Transients and Their Place Among Pulsars

Burke-Spolaor, S. (2013) Rotating Radio Transients and Their Place Among Pulsars. In: Neutron Stars and Pulsars: Challenges and Opportunities after 80 years. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. Vol.8. No.291. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 95-100.

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Six years ago, the discovery of Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs) marked what appeared to be a new type of sparsely-emitting pulsar. Since 2006, more than 70 of these objects have been discovered in single-pulse searches of archival and new surveys. With a continual inflow of new information about the RRAT population in the form of new discoveries, multi-frequency follow ups, coherent timing solutions, and pulse rate statistics, a view is beginning to form of the place in the pulsar population RRATs hold. Here we review the properties of neutron stars discovered through single pulse searches. We first seek to clarify the definition of the term RRAT, emphasising that "the RRAT population" encompasses several phenomenologies. A large subset of RRATs appears to represent the tail of an extended distribution of pulsar nulling fractions and activity cycles; these objects present several key open questions remaining in this field.

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Additional Information:© International Astronomical Union 2013. A portion of this research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:pulsars: general; stars: neutron; stars: statistics
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Issue or Number:291
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Official Citation:Rotating Radio Transients and their place among pulsars S. Burke-Spolaor Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union / Volume 8 / Symposium S291 / August 2012, pp 95-100 DOI: Published online: 20 March 2013
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