The [email protected] Project: a New Observing Technique for Long-Term Pulsar Monitoring

Hobbs, George and Hollow, Robert P. and Champion, David and Khoo, Jonathan and Yardley, Daniel and Carr, Matthew and Keith, Mike and Jenet, Fredrick and Amy, Shaun and Burgay, Marta and Burke-Spolaor, Sarah and Chapman, Jessica and Danaia, Lena J. and Homewood, B. and Kovacevic, Anna and Mao, Minnie Y. and McKinnon, David H. and Mulcahy, Mary and Oslowski, Stefan and van Straten, Willem (2009) The [email protected] Project: a New Observing Technique for Long-Term Pulsar Monitoring. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 26. pp. 468-475. ISSN 1323-3580, 1448-6083


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The [email protected] 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-ofthe- 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 Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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