PSC Camp: News

Pulsar Candidates Found– Followup to occur this Thursday night!

Our intrepid pulsar sleuths may have uncovered some pulsar gold! We will be holding a followup session on 2-3 new pulsar candidates this Thursday night– starting at 10:45 PM. Would you like to call in to the control room and find out how it’s going?

If you would like to be on site for the session, that could probably be arranged as well. We have several students joining us who discovered the candidates. We’d be happy to host a few more!

Send an email to Sue Ann at sheather-at-nrao.edu, and I’ll tell you how to connect!

PSC Campstone cancelled due to lack of enrollment

Gang ,

We only had 3 students enroll, and so unfortunately we have decided to cancel Campstone for this summer. We feel bereft, not having a PSC experience this summer though, so we thought we might host a weekend experience in September. I’d like to hear from you– let me know if you think it is a good idea, and you would be interested in coming. We are thinking of September 19,20,21. The 21st is our annual open house, and you would have some great opportunities to tour the labs and meet the scientists and engineers, machinists, and mechanics who work at the NRAO.

Send a quick email to Sue Ann at sheather-at-nrao.edu subject line: PSC weekend, and say I’m in if you are interested in coming.

Welcome to the new website

Here we are!  This is the new home for the PSC: pulsarsearchcollaboratory.org (pulsarsearchcollaboratory.com will still work too).  One of the features of this new website is that we have a forum!  We hope this will replace the old mode of communicating through  the pulsarsearchcollaboratory.com email. If you use the forum to talk about plots or other PSC related stuff, then all PSC members will see it.  But I think that is wonderful, as there is so much expertise  in the PSC group.We have also jettisoned the school pages.  If you desire to use the old google site, it has not disappeared, but we will not be updating it.  Go to: https://sites.google.com/a/pulsarsearchcollaboratory.com/pulsar-search-collaboratory/Home…
~ Sue Ann

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!