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Machine Learning and pulsars: a single-pulse clustering of the Vela's pulsar
  • Speaker:  Valentina Fiscella
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  • Location:  Zoom
  • Type: Lunch Talk


The Vela Pulsar, with a rotational period of 89.33ms, can produce over 120000 single pulses in a 3.5-hours long observation. The search of the so-called “giant mini-pulses” could greatly improve the currently achievable timing precision in the search for gravitational waves. However, analyzing such large volumes of data requires the implementation of machine learning techniques. Using the two radio telescopes at the Argentine Institute of Radioastronomy, we took simultaneous daily observations of the Vela Pulsar in January-March 2021. We then employed machine learning algorithms to study the statistical properties of the emission in 4 of these days. In this presentation, I will present the results of this analysis, and I will introduce the application of these techniques to a study of Vela's most recent glitch in its orbital period.