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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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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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