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The PULSE@Parkes Project: a new observing technique for long-term pulsar monitoring


Hobbs, G and Hollow, R and Champion, D and Khoo, J and Yardley, D and Carr, M and Keith, M and Jenet, F and Amy, S and Burgay, M and Burke-Spolaor, S and Chapman, J and Danaia, L and Homewood, B and Kovacevic, A and Mao, MY and McKinnon, D and Mulcahy, M and Oslowski, S and van Straten, W, The PULSE@Parkes Project: a new observing technique for long-term pulsar monitoring, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 26, (4) pp. 468-475. ISSN 1323-3580 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AS09021


The PULSE@Parkes project has been designed to monitor the rotation of radio pulsars over time spans of days to years. The observations are obtained using the Parkes 64-m and 12-m radio telescopes by Australian and international high school students. These students learn the basis of radio astronomy and undertake small projects with their observations. The data are fully calibrated and obtained with the state-of-the-art pulsar hardware available at Parkes. The final data sets are archived and are currently being used to carry out studies of 1) pulsar glitches, 2) timing noise, 3) pulse profile stability over long time scales and 4) the extreme nulling phenomenon. The data are also included in other projects such as gamma-ray observatory support and for the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array project. In this paper we describe the current status of the project and present the first scientific results from the Parkes 12-m radio telescope. We emphasise that this project offers a straightforward means to enthuse high school students and the general public about radio astronomy while obtaining scientifically valuable data sets.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pulsars: general
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:Mao, MY (Miss Minnie Mao)
ID Code:75110
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2012-01-10
Last Modified:2012-02-06

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