AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 187 Radio Astronomy Legacy Sky Surveys with ALFA
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[187.01] The Pulsar ALFA Survey and an NVO-Enabled Search for Pulsar Jets and Bowshocks

J. S. Deneva, R. M. Shannon (Cornell University)

The Pulsar ALFA survey at 1.42GHz of the portions of the Galactic plane visible from Arecibo will continue for the next 3-5 years and is expected to discover hundreds of pulsars. The accumulated raw data will amount to ~1PB, presenting a challenge in data storage, indexing, and access. This data will be archived at the Cornell Theory Center and, along with data processing products, made publicly available through a MSSQL database accessed via a web site and web services. We present a tool which uses this database and the National Virtual Observatory’s SkyView service to allow for “instant follow-up” of newly discovered pulsars at other wavelengths of interest with the goal of finding pulsar jets and bowshocks. It also enables us to perform a systematic search for these features near previously known pulsars in a much faster and cost-effective manner compared to acquiring dedicated observing time at other instruments.

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