Week 5: Data Certification and Fast Radio Bursts

For Week 5, Please watch Duncan’s Video on Fast Radio Bursts! Maybe you will find one of these in our pulsar data:

Homework: It’s time to start geting certified to analyze real GBT data!!!! To do so you will need to back to the psrsearch.wvu.edu website.  I recommend that you open it in another window so that you can refer back to good information on this site as you need it!  If you have ANY questions about plots on these tests, post them in the Forum!  We’ll be there!

To open the test page: Click on the Database link above, and log in.  Click on the “Skymap”  tab, and then click on “Test 1”

As the certification tests progress they get a little more detailed. You can take them until you pass them. Here are some tips:
1. Be sure to check the RFI box if you think you see interference in your plots. If you don’t you will get hints that you forgot to flag RFI.
2. If you find a plot that looks like it could be a pulsar, you MUST check the ATNF catalog and enter the name of the pulsar you found ( A handy way to do this is to  use the top tool on the Tools page  on this website to search).   Look for right ascensions, declinations, periods, and DM values that are similar to your plot. They do not have to be exact!