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dc.contributor.authorHall, P
dc.contributor.authorColegate, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorMacquart, Jean-pierre
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Nathan
dc.contributor.authorTingay, Steven
dc.contributor.authorWayth, R
dc.contributor.authorTrott, Cathryn
dc.contributor.editorProceedings of Science
dc.identifier.citationHall, Peter J. and Colegate, Timothy and Macquart, J-P. and Clarke, Nathan and Tingay, Steven and Wayth, Randall and Trott, Cathryn. 2012. Towards SKA studies of the fast radio transient Universe, in Proceedings of Science (ed), Resolving the Sky - Radio Interferometry: Past, Present and Future, Apr 17-20 2012. Manchester: Proceedings of Science.

The SKA is likely to produce transformational insights into the fast transient Universe. So little is currently known about this observational window that much of the SKA time domain science program has been lumped into the "exploration of the unknown" theme. Unsurprisingly, no clarity has hitherto emerged on the associated operational or architectural requirements. However, with the recent advent of highly-capable Pathfinders and new programs targeted at exploring key system design questions, insights into these and other critical issues are emerging. Newly-optimized signal combination strategies for large-N arrays, cost effective hardware processing methods, and improved signal detection and localization algorithms are all being refined and implemented on test platforms. Somewhat unexpectedly, the power of SKA-low as a fast transients instrument has recently become evident. This paper reviews a new detection-rate metric developed at ICRAR/Curtin, summarizes the present state of transients surveys, predicts SKA performance, and outlines important messages for the SKA project - particularly the SKA1 system design now underway.

dc.publisherProceedings of Science
dc.titleTowards SKA studies of the fast radio transient Universe
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleResolving the Sky - Radio Interferometry: Past, Present and Future
dcterms.source.seriesResolving the Sky - Radio Interferometry: Past, Present and Future
dcterms.source.conferenceResolving the Sky - Radio Interferometry: Past, Present and Future
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateApr 17 2012

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curtin.departmentInternational Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
curtin.departmentARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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