Parkes Pulsar Data Archive
It is National Facility policy that all observations obtained with the Parkes radio telescope are made available to the general community after an embargo period. Usually this embargo period is set to 18 months after the observation. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS http://www.ands.org.au) have provided funding to provide the means by which the pulsar data sets are archived and made available for search and download.
In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The actual data will be made available through the pulsar access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded that are not embargoed.
1.0 Data sets available for download
The following data sets are available:
- P050 Parkes 70cm survey
- P140 Precision pulsar timing
- P262 young pulsar timing. In total 4598 data files exist for 616 pulsars. These data were recorded using the analogue filterbank in the 20cm observing band. Only total intensity profiles are available.
- P455 Timing & geodetic precession in the double pulsar and two relativistic binaries
- P456 Parkes pulsar timing array.
- P595 PULSE@Parkes.
All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using sigproc (the most recent version) and dspsr.
2.0 Useful links
2.1 Obtaining the data
- CSIRO Data access portal: allowing pulsar observations to be downloaded
- Australian National Data Service
- Statement of required acknowledgment for use of the data
- ATNF pulsar catalogue
- Australia Telescope Online Archive