The slowdown rate of the Crab Pulsar

Brief description

Using data collected at 408 MHz over several years with the One Mile Telescope in Cambridge, you will determine the slowdown rate of the pulsar in the
Crab Nebula.

There are two ways to do this. The first involves carrying out a Fourier transform of a number of observations and making the appropriate frequency corrections for the Earth's motion (from the Astronomical Almanac in the library). The second involved folding the data in time, at the period of the pulsar, to reveal the pulse profile. You will also consider other corrections factors to the observations. What about dispersion in the interstellar medium.? Are general relativistic effects important?

Recommended software: MATLAB

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