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The Einstein@Home Survey for Gamma-ray Pulsars

  • Colin J. Clark (a1) (a2) (a3), Jason Wu (a4), Holger J. Pletsch (a2) (a3) and Lucas Guillemot (a4) (a5) (a6)

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Since the launch of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2008, the onboard Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected gamma-ray pulsations from more than 200 pulsars. A large fraction of these remain undetected in radio observations, and could only be found by directly searching the LAT data for pulsations. However, the sensitivity of such “blind” searches is limited by the sparse photon data and vast computational requirements. In this contribution we present the latest large-scale blind-search survey for gamma-ray pulsars, which ran on the distributed volunteer computing system, Einstein@Home, and discovered 19 new gamma-ray pulsars. We explain how recent improvements to search techniques and LAT data reconstruction have boosted the sensitivity of blind searches, and present highlights from the survey’s discoveries. These include: two glitching pulsars; the youngest known radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar; and two isolated millisecond pulsars (MSPs), one of which is the only known radio-quiet rotationally powered MSP.

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The Einstein@Home Survey for Gamma-ray Pulsars

  • Colin J. Clark (a1) (a2) (a3), Jason Wu (a4), Holger J. Pletsch (a2) (a3) and Lucas Guillemot (a4) (a5) (a6)

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