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The Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey and Interstellar Scattering

  • R. N. Manchester
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Abstract

The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey is a major survey for pulsars lying within a 10° -widestrip along the southern Galactic plane, using the multibeam receiver on the Parkes 64-m radiotelescope.It is an international collaboration between groups at Jodrell Bank Observatory, MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, Bologna Astronomical Observatory and the ATNF. The survey commencedin 1997 August, and has so far succeeded in finding more than 550 previously unknown pulsars.Many of these are distant, with some beyond the centre of the Galaxy according to current models ofthe interstellar electron density distribution. Interstellar scattering affects the pulse profile of manyof the more distant pulsars even at 1374 MHz, the centre frequency of the survey. Preliminary resultsfrom the survey are presented.

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pulsars, interstellar medium 

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  • R. N. Manchester
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  1. 1.Australia Telescope National FacilityCSIROEppingAustralia

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