Resources

Here are some useful software packages, papers, books and other materials for doing and learning about pulsars, neutron stars and radio astrophysics in general.

Literature

  • Handbook of Pulsar Astronomy - Book by Lorimer and Kramer.
  • Nanohertz Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Book by Stephen R. Taylor
  • Gravitational-Wave Physics And Astronomy - Book by Jolien D. E. Creighton and Warren G. Anderson
  • Essential Radio Astronomy - Book by James J. Condon and Scott M. Ransom
  • Milestones in the Pulsar Literature - a comprehensive list by Alessandro Ridolfi
  • Pulsar Astronomy (Cambridge Astrophysics Book) by Andrew Lyne and Francis Graham-Smith

  • Lectures and Talks

  • Pulsars by G Srinivasan - A part of summer course organised by TIFR-ICTS, Bangalore
  • Millisecond Pulsars by Professor G Srinivasan
  • ICTS - SUMMER COURSES NEUTRON STARS AND BLACK HOLES
  • NCRA Winter School on Radio Astronomy
  • Using celestial clocks to discover Gravitational Waves - Prof. B. C. Joshi



  • Software packages

    TEMPO2

    TEMPO2 is a high precision pulsar timing tool developed at the ATNF mainly by George Hobbs and Russell Edwards. Significant enhancements have also been made by Joris Verbiest.
    Get TEMPO2 on BitBucket. Read the documentation here. Find some examples here.


    ENTERPRISE

    ENTERPRISE (Enhanced Numerical Toolbox Enabling a Robust PulsaR Inference SuitE) is a pulsar timing analysis code, aimed at noise analysis, gravitational-wave searches, and timing model analysis. It is developed by NANO-Grav.
    Get ENTERPRISE on GitHub. Read the documentation here.


    GPTOOL

    GPTOOL- GMRT Pulsar Tool is a RFI mitigation and pulsar processing tool for GMRT beamformer data developed by Aditya Chowdhury and Yashwant Gupta.
    Get GPTOOL on GitHub.


    RFIclean

    RFIclean- RFIClean excises periodic RFI (broadband as well as narrow-band) in the Fourier domain, and then mitigates narrow-band spectral line RFI as well as broadband bursty time-domain RFI using robust statistics. Details of the methods used in RFIClean as well as some of the early scientific contributions of RFIClean can be found in this paper.
    Get RFIclean on GitHub.


    PSRCHIVE

    PSRCHIVE- PSRCHIVE is an Open Source C++ development library for the analysis of pulsar astronomical data. It implements an extensive range of algorithms for use in pulsar timing, scintillation studies, polarimetric calibration, single-pulse work, RFI mitigation, etc. These tools are utilized by a powerful suite of user-end programs that come with the library. The software is described in Hotan, van Straten & Manchester (2004).
    Get PSRCHIVE on Source-Forge.


    DSPSR

    DSPSR is an Open Source C++ development library for digital signal processing of pulsar astronomical timeseries. It implements an extensive range of algorithms for use in coherent dedispersion, filterbank formation, pulse folding, etc. These tools are utilized by a powerful suite of user-end programs that come with the library.
    Get DSPSR on Source-Forge.


    PSRCAT

    PSRCAT (ATNF Pulsar catalogue)- is a web-based application that serves as a catalog for radio pulsars. Observational properties of pulsars, Ephemeris, etc. can be enlisted through it.
    Use PSRCAT here.




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