How to observe Pulsars at the Arecibo Observatory

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Why CIMA? Why the WAPP?

  1. CIMA has become the default observing mode for pulsar observations at the Arecibo Observatory. It is presently under development, so consult this site frequently; there will be constant changes to it. Hopefully, these changes will not be reflected in data (i.e., the timing data for a pulsar should still be consistent with earlier data).
  2. The 4 Wideband Arecibo Pulsar Processors (WAPPs) have become the default back-ends for pulsar observations at the Arecibo Observatory. They are more capable and flexible than previous pulsar backends, like PSPM, CBR, Mark III, Mark IV, ABPP, and were developed at the NAIC.
  3. We advise new observers to use the WAPPs instead of earlier machines. The WAPPs are the only pulsar machines officially maintained and supported by NAIC staff. Maintaining and documenting a single, flexible pulsar back-end system will lead to better maintenance and documentation and in the long term enhanced capability.

NEWS: Pulsar pages updated! CIMA / WAPP observing page now available.

These instructions also apply to on-site observations, with only a few obvious differences. For instance, you don't have to call the operator, or start "aostatus" and "rxview" - those are displayed all the time in the control room.
Detailed instructions for pulsar observations:

Last updated: Friday, 16-Jan-2009 21:15:43 AST
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