The Green Bank North Celestial Cap Pulsar Survey. V. Pulsar Census and Survey Sensitivity

Alexander McEwen, Renee Spiewak, Joseph Swiggum, David Kaplan, William Fiore, Gabriella Agazie, Harsha Blumer, Pragya Chawla, Megan DeCesar, Victoria Kaspi, Vladislav Kondratiev, Malcolm LaRose, Lina Levin, Ryan Lynch, Maura McLaughlin, Michael Mingyar, Hind Noori, Scott Ransom, Mallory Roberts, Ann SchmiedekampCarl Schmiedecamp, Xavier Siemens, Ingrid Stairs, Kevin Stovall, Mayuresh Surnis, Joeri van Leeuwen

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The Green Bank North Celestial Cap (GBNCC) pulsar survey will cover the entire northern sky ($\delta > -40\degr$) at 350\,MHz, and is one of the most uniform and sensitive all-sky pulsar surveys to date. We have created a pipeline to re-analyze GBNCC survey data to take a 350\,MHz census of all pulsars detected by the survey, regardless of their discovery survey. Of the 1413 pulsars in the survey region, we were able to recover 661. For these we present measured signal-to-noise ratios (S/N), flux densities, pulse widths, profiles, and where appropriate, refined dispersion measurements (647 out of 661) and new or improved spectral indices (276 out of 661 total, 15 new, 261 improved). Detection scans for several hundred sources were reanalyzed in order to inspect pulsars' single pulse behavior and 223 were confirmed to exhibit evidence of nulling. With a detailed analysis of measured and expected S/N values and the evolving radio frequency interference environment at 350\,MHz, we assess the GBNCC survey's sensitivity as a function of spin period, dispersion measure, and sky position. We find the sky-averaged limiting flux density of the survey to be 0.74\,mJy. Combining this analysis with PsrPopPy pulsar population simulations, we predict 60/5 non-recycled/millisecond pulsar discoveries in the survey's remaining 21,000 pointings, and we begin to place constraints on population model parameters....
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StatePublished - Sep 2019

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