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PSRCHIVE and PSRFITS: An Open Approach to Radio Pulsar Data Storage and Analysis


Hotan, AW and van Straten, W and Manchester, RN, PSRCHIVE and PSRFITS: An Open Approach to Radio Pulsar Data Storage and Analysis, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 21, (3) pp. 302-309. ISSN 1323-3580 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/AS04022


A new set of software applications and libraries for use in the archival and analysis of pulsar astronomical data is introduced. Known collectively as the PSRCHIVE scheme, the code was developed in parallel with a new data storage format called PSRFITS, which is based on the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS). Both of these projects utilise a modular, object-oriented design philosophy. PSRCHIVE is an open source development environment that incorporates an extensive range of c++ object classes and pre-built command line and graphical utilities. These deal transparently and simultaneously with multiple data storage formats, thereby enhancing data portability and facilitating the adoption of the PSRFITS file format. Here, data are stored in a series of modular header-data units that provide flexibility and scope for future expansion. As it is based on FITS, various standard libraries and applications may be used for data input, output, and visualisation. Both PSRCHIVE and PSRFITS are made publicly available to the academic community in the hope that this will promote their widespread use and acceptance. © Astronomical Society of Australia 2004.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Hotan, AW (Dr Aidan Hotan)
ID Code:45145
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:528
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2007-07-04
Last Modified:2007-07-04

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