FAST Pulsar and Transient Search of the M31 Bulge

We are searching the bulge of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). HEINDALL and FETCH will be used to search for single pulses and bursts. PRESTO will be used for the periodicity search.

Project Participants

  • Fronefield Crawford (F&M)
  • Natalia Lewandowska (Haverford)
  • Maura McLaughlin (WVU)
  • Duncan Lorimer (WVU)
  • Jim Cordes (Cornell)
  • Shami Chatterjee (Cornell)
  • Pei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

    Below: (left) Image of M31 with the planned survey region indicated by the green circle, and (right) the FAST telescope (image credit: Ou Dongqu/Xinhua/ZUMA).