Reliability of radio transients detected in the nasu sky survey

Takahiro Aoki, Tai Tanaka, Kotaro Niinuma, Kazuhiro Takefuji, Sumiko Kida, Ryota Nakao, Naomi Nomura, Kentaro Sugisawa, Tsuneaki Daishido

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    This article reports on the reliability of 11 radio transients detected in the Nasu sky survey. We derived false detection rates and evaluated the statistical significance of each transient source. A single source, labeled WJN J1443+3439, was statistically significant at the 10-5 significance level; the other 10 sources were insignificant. On the basis of this single detection, the sky surface density of live radio transients was estimated to be 2+9 -1.9 × 10-6 deg-2 at a flux density above 3 Jy and a frequency of 1.42 GHz. Since this result is comparable with other survey results and known transients, WJN J1443+3439 could not be excluded. The sky surface density supported a power-law distribution of source count versus flux density. For transient events, the power-law exponent was approximately-3/2. These results are expected to assist radio variable/transient surveys in next-generation facilities such as the Square Kilometre Array.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number10
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 20


    • catalogs
    • methods: statistical
    • radio continuum: general
    • surveys

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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