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Astronomy Colloquium

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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The Commensal Radio Astronomy FAST Survey (CRAFTS)
Di Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) has released its first call for proposal and will be open to the international community next year.

Based on a novel technique of high-cadence CAL injection, we have realized the world's first calibrated commensal survey mode, simultaneously taking data for pulsar search, HI galaxies, HI imaging, and FRBs.

I introduce here one of the major survey plans, namely, the Commensal Radio Astronomy FAST Survey (CRAFTS, Li et al. 2018), which has  discovered more than 100 new pulsars, including a few dozen MSPs, 5 new FRBs, including one new repeater.  I will also briefly describe recent FAST results from CRAFTS and other dedicated programs, including new insights into the characteristic energy of FRBs, the formation process of neutron stars, the evolution of interstellar medium, etc.

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