Notes to Editors
This work was led by the ThunderKAT large Science Project and the European Research Council-funded MeerTRAP project (www.MeerTRAP.org), and the article on the MKT J170456.2-482100 can be found in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. ThunderKAT is led by Professor Rob Fender at the University of Oxford and Professor Patrick Woudt at the University of Cape Town.
MeerTRAP is led by Professor Ben Stappers at the University of Manchester. The research team working on this project used the SARAO MeerKAT radio telescope array, together with many optical telescopes and instruments, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the HIPPO photopolarimeter on the South African Astronomical Observatory 1.9-m telescope, the Las Cumbres Observatory’s Network of Robotic Spectrographs, the All-sky Automated Survey, the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope and the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae. Other multi-wavelength observations were also obtained from the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, an X-ray satellite and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
This work has been accepted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,
ArXiv (open-access) link to the article: http://arxiv.org/abs/1911.07713
As well as the MNRAS DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz3027
The SALT observations reported in the paper, which gave detailed information on the orbital motion of the binary star, were obtained under a large science programme on transients. The Principal Investigator of this programme is Dr David Buckley.
Authors of the original paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society are: Laura Driessen, Iain McDonald, David Buckley, Manisha Caleb, Enrico Kotze, Stephen Potter, Kautubh Rajwade, Antonia Rowlinson, Ben Stappers, Evangelia Tremou, Patrick Woudt, Rob Fender, Richard Armstrong, Paul Groot, Ian Heywood, Assaf Horesh, Alexander van der Horst, Elmar Koerding, Vanessa McBride, James Miller-Jones, Kunal Mooley, and Ralph Wijers.
Laura, Manisha, Kaustubh and Ben are supported by a European Research Council (ERC) grant under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 694745). Affiliations of the authors include:
- Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
- South African Astronomical Observatory, P.O. Box 9, Observatory 7935, South Africa
- Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, Postbus 94249, 1090 GE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4, 7991 PD, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
- AIM, CEA, CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Université Paris-Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
- Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
- Department of Physics, Astrophysics, University of Oxford, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK
- South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, 2 Fir Street, Black River Park, Observatory, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
- Department of Astrophysics/IMAPP, Radboud University Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, the Netherlands
- Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
- Racah Institute of Physics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
- Department of Physics, the George Washington University, 725 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
- Astronomy, Physics and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS), 725 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
- Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
- IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, Cape Town, 7935, South Africa
- International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research – Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
- Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK
- National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
- Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd. MC 249-17, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
- Southern African Large Telescope, P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa
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