The green bank northern celestial cap pulsar survey. I. survey description, data analysis, and initial results

K. Stovall, R. S. Lynch, S. M. Ransom, A. M. Archibald, S. Banaszak, C. M. Biwer, J. Boyles, L. P. Dartez, D. Day, A. J. Ford, J. Flanigan, A. Garcia, J. W.T. Hessels, J. Hinojosa, F. A. Jenet, D. L. Kaplan, C. Karako-Argaman, V. M. Kaspi, V. I. Kondratiev, S. LeakeD. R. Lorimer, G. Lunsford, J. G. Martinez, A. Mata, M. A. McLaughlin, M. S.E. Roberts, M. D. Rohr, X. Siemens, I. H. Stairs, J. Van Leeuwen, A. N. Walker, B. L. Wells

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We describe an ongoing search for pulsars and dispersed pulses of radio emission, such as those from rotating radio transients (RRATs) and fast radio bursts, at 350 MHz using the Green Bank Telescope. With the Green Bank Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument, we record 100 MHz of bandwidth divided into 4096 channels every 81.92 μs. This survey will cover the entire sky visible to the Green Bank Telescope (δ > -40°, or 82% of the sky) and outside of the Galactic Plane will be sensitive enough to detect slow pulsars and low dispersion measure (<30 pc cm-3) millisecond pulsars (MSPs) with a 0.08 duty cycle down to 1.1 mJy. For pulsars with a spectral index of -1.6, we will be 2.5 times more sensitive than previous and ongoing surveys over much of our survey region. Here we describe the survey, the data analysis pipeline, initial discovery parameters for 62 pulsars, and timing solutions for 5 new pulsars. PSR J0214+5222 is an MSP in a long-period (512 days) orbit and has an optical counterpart identified in archival data. PSR J0636+5129 is an MSP in a very short-period (96 minutes) orbit with a very low mass companion (8 M J). PSR J0645+5158 is an isolated MSP with a timing residual RMS of 500 ns and has been added to pulsar timing array experiments. PSR J1434+7257 is an isolated, intermediate-period pulsar that has been partially recycled. PSR J1816+4510 is an eclipsing MSP in a short-period orbit (8.7 hr) and may have recently completed its spin-up phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number67
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 10 2014


  • binaries: close
  • binaries: eclipsing
  • binaries: general
  • pulsars: general
  • pulsars: individual
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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