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The CASS pulsar group is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility, a division of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. The ATNF operates the Parkes radio telescope where the majority of our observations are carried out. We study many aspects of pulsar astronomy including pulsar timing, the origin and evolution of pulsars, pulsar emission properties and mechanisms, scintillation studies and the structure and evolution of supernova remnants.

Our group developed the web-based ATNF Pulsar Catalogue, a comprehensive database of all published pulsars. We also run the PULSE@Parkes outreach program, a program that enables high-school students from around the world to monitor a select number of pulsars in real time.


Group Activities

  • Commissioning the new Parkes Ultra-Wide-Band receiver
  • Studying the origin of Fast Radio Bursts
  • Conducting observations for the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA), part of the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA) global consortia, with the combined objective of detecting the effects of gravitational radiation on the Earth and establishing an alternative time standard based on pulsar observations
  • Discovering new pulsars, through surveys such as the SUPERB, SUPERBx and Parkes Multibeam surveys
  • Timing young pulsars in support of the FERMI mission to discover many new pulsars in the gamma-ray band
  • Studying the Galactic distribution and evolution of pulsars and, in particular, using binary pulsars to test gravitational theories such as Einstein's general theory of relativity
  • Understanding what makes radio pulsars work through observations of their single pulses and their polarization properties
  • Using pulsars as probes of the interstellar medium, studying, for example, the structure of the Galactic magnetic field
  • Maintaining and updating the ATNF Pulsar Catalogue - contains information on all published pulsars, with complete bibliographic information and intended to serve both professional astronomers and the wider community
  • Developing Cloud-based solutions for pulsar data processing


Group Members

  • Dr George Hobbs
  • Dr Ryan Shannon
  • Dr Jane Kaczmarek
  • Prof. Dick Manchester
  • Dr Simon Johnston
  • Dr Shi Dai
  • Mr John Sarkissian
  • Mr Lawrence Toomey


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