Single pulses in the PM Pulsar Survey

We reprocessed the Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey, searching for single pulses out to a DM of 5000pc/cm^3^ with widths of up to 1s. We recorded single pulses from 264 known pulsars and 14 Rotating Radio Transients. We produced pulse-energy distributions for each pulsar which we fit with log-normal distributions, power-law tails, and a power-law function divided by an exponential function, finding that some pulsars show a deviation from a log-normal distribution in the form of an excess of high-energy pulses. We found that a function consisting of a power-law divided by an exponential fit the distributions of most pulsars better than either log-normal or power-law functions. For pulsars that were detected in a periodicity search, we computed the ratio of their single-pulse signal-to-noise ratios to their signal-to-noise ratios from a Fourier transform and looked for correlations between this ratio and physical parameters of the pulsars. The only correlation found is the expected relationship between this ratio and the spin period. Fitting log-normal distributions to the energies of pulses from RRATs showed similar behaviour for most RRATs. Here, however, there seem to be two distinct distributions of pulses, with the lower-energy distribution being consistent with noise. Pulse-energy distributions for two of the RRATs processed were consistent with those found for normal pulsars, suggesting that pulsars and RRATs have a common emission mechanism, but other factors influence the specific emission properties of each source class.

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Creator Mickaliger M.B.; McEwen A.E.; McLaughlin M.A.; Lorimer D.R.
Publisher CDS
Publication Year 2022
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Resource Type Dataset; AstroObjects
Discipline Astrophysical Processes; Astrophysics and Astronomy; Natural Sciences; Observational Astronomy; Physics; Stellar Astronomy