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The first pulsar detection with a KID camera (NIKA2)



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Pulsars are fascinating astrophysical objects that enable a variety of experiments usually with unrivalled precision. For example, pulsars have been used to test the equation-of-state of ultra-dense matter, or General Relativity up to the highest precision to date. However, although we have been very successful using pulsars as astronomical tools, we still do not fully understand their radio emission mechanism. In addition, the type of experiments that can be carried out depend on the pulsar systems available, so finding new pulsars is always a way to expand our capabilities to do new science. In this talk, I will present the first pulsar detection with a Kinetic Inductance Detector (KID) camera, achieved recently with NIKA2 at the IRAM 30-m Telescope. I will also discuss the potential of KIDs to help us understand the emission mechanism of pulsars, and also to potentially discover new pulsars, in particular in regions where the scattering is very strong and we may need to use high radio frequencies for the searches. Finally, the technical adjustments desired to make NIKA2 a complete and versatile pulsar instrument will be summarised.