Accession Number : ADA520940


Title :   The Dynamic Radio Sky: An Opportunity for Discovery


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Lazio, J ; Bloom, J S ; Bower, G C ; Cordes, J ; Croft, S ; Hyman, S ; Law, C ; McLaughlin, M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a520940.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 9


Abstract : The time domain of the sky has been only sparsely explored. Nevertheless, recent discoveries from limited surveys and serendipitous discoveries indicate that there is much to be found on timescales from nanoseconds to years and at wavelengths from meters to millimeters. These observations have revealed unexpected phenonmena such as rotating radio transients and coherent pulses from brown dwarfs. Additionally, archival studies have found not-yet identified radio transients without optical or high-energy hosts. In addition to the known classes of radio transients, possible other classes of objects include extrapolations from known classes and exotica such as orphan gamma-ray burst afterglows, radio supernovae, tidally-disrupted stars, flare stars, magnetars, and transmissions from extraterrestrial civilizations. Over the next decade, meter- and centimeter-wave radio telescopes with improved sensitivity, wider fields of view, and flexible digital signal processing will be able to explore radio transient parameter space more comprehensively and systematically.


Descriptors :   *SKY , OPTICAL PROPERTIES , RADIO SOURCES(ASTRONOMY) , TIME DOMAIN , EXTRAPOLATION , SIGNAL PROCESSING


Subject Categories : Astronomy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE