We present our work towards using the Korean VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometer) Network (KVN) and VLBI Exploration of Radio Astronomy (VERA) arrays combined into the KVN and VERA Array (KaVA) for observations of radio pulsars at high frequencies (22 GHz). Pulsar astronomy is generally focused at frequencies approximately 0.3 to several GHz and pulsars are usually discovered and monitored with large, single-dish, radio telescopes. For most pulsars, reduced radio flux is expected at high frequencies due to their steep spectrum, but there are exceptions where high frequency observations can be useful. Moreover, some pulsars are observable at high frequencies only, such as those close to the Galactic Center. The discoveries of a radio-bright magnetar and a few dozen extended Chandra sources within 15′ of the Galactic Center provide strong motivations to make use of the KaVA frequency band to search for pulsars in this region. Here, we describe the science targets and report progress made from the KVN test observations for known pulsars. We then discuss why KaVA pulsar observations are compelling.
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- Methods: data analysis
- Pulsars: general
- Techniques: high angular resolution