Dr. Duncan Lorimer Wrote a Song About Pulsars

Dr. Duncan Lorimer wrote a song about pulsars. Check out  the lyrics and sing along to help you remember pulsars’ properties!

Pulsar Properties – To the tune of “The Bear Necessities”
Look for the pulsar properties, those simple pulsar properties…
immerse yourself in all those crazy plots.
I mean the pulsar properties, they’re mother nature’s clocks you see
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!

Take a look at that profile, and then look down.
Do you see a straight line? Or is it slightly round?
And don’t forget to squint your eyes
in case the pulsar’s in disguise.
Watch out for nullers and eclipsers, and don’t forget those pesky scintles
I haven’t got a clue…. why we concern ourselves with life like we all do!

Look for the pulsar properties, those simple pulsar properties…
immerse yourself in all those crazy plots.
I mean the pulsar properties, they’re mother nature’s clocks you see
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!
Now how about those sub-bands? Are they nice and straight?
If there’s too much structure, you’ll be quite irate!
And don’t forget to squint your eyes
in case the pulsar’s in disguise.
Watch out for narrow-band blobs and wiggles and if all else fails, just blame those scintles!
Do you really have a clue…. why we concern ourselves with life like we all do?

Look for the pulsar properties, those simple pulsar properties…
immerse yourself in all those crazy plots.
I mean the pulsar properties, they’re mother nature’s clocks you see
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!

What about the DM curve? Do you see a peak?
Is the chi-squared really high? Or just pretty darned weak?
And don’t forget that rule of thumb…
Between 1 and 3, there’s a lot of them!
Do you know that little trick? A DM of 30’s about a kiloparsec!
Does your teacher have a clue…. why we concern ourselves with life like we all do?

Look for the pulsar properties, those simple pulsar properties…
immerse yourself in all those crazy plots.
I mean the pulsar properties, they’re mother nature’s clocks you see
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!

Now if you’re still convinced, things are pulsarish
That’s to say the data are not complete rubbish
Then it’s time to check coordinates
and that P’s not sixteen point six six six
Or for that matter, not 1198, for that one’s a radar at any rate
Does anybody have a clue…. why we concern ourselves with life like we all do?

Look for the pulsar properties, those simple pulsar properties…
immerse yourself in all those crazy plots.
I mean the pulsar properties, they’re mother nature’s clocks you see
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!
and you’ll soon be finding lots and lots and lots!

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