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FAST Opens a New Era of Systematic Pulsar Discoveries by Chinese Radio Telescopes
Jan 26, 2018

The FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope) team in National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) has produced its first research outcome this October. The FAST science team announced on Oct. 10th 2017 the detection and confirmation of tow pulsars.

The first pulsar, PSR J1859-01 (a.k.a FP1-FAST pulsar #1) locates on the Southern Galactic plane with a spin period of 1.83 seconds and an estimated distance of 16 thousand light-years. The second one, J1931-01 (a.k.a FP2), is 4,100 light years away from the Earth with a spin period of 0.59 seconds.

This is the first time that a Chinese radio telescope has ever discovered new pulsars. Up to now, FAST has identified more than 40 high-quality candidates, including gamma-ray source, millisecond pulsars, and binary. Nine of them have been confirmed through international verification, which demonstrates FAST’s early capability of innovation and productivity.




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(Editor: ZHANG Nannan)