Presentation Title

Wide Band Artificial Pulsar

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 268

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

The Wide Band Artificial Pulsar (WBAP) is an instrument verification device designed and built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia. The site currently operates the Green Bank Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument (GUPPI) and the Versatile Green Bank Astronomical Spectrometer (VEGAS) digital backends for their radio telescopes. The commissioning and continued support for these sophisticated backends has demonstrated a need for a device capable of producing an accurate artificial pulsar signal. The WBAP is designed to provide a very close approximation to an actual pulsar signal. In order to control the WBAP and generate the pulsar signal, software needed to be written from the ground up. The control software has been completed and we were able to verify with a spectrum analyzer and VEGAS that the WBAP provides a close approximation to a real pulsar signal.

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Wide Band Artificial Pulsar

HUB 268

The Wide Band Artificial Pulsar (WBAP) is an instrument verification device designed and built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia. The site currently operates the Green Bank Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument (GUPPI) and the Versatile Green Bank Astronomical Spectrometer (VEGAS) digital backends for their radio telescopes. The commissioning and continued support for these sophisticated backends has demonstrated a need for a device capable of producing an accurate artificial pulsar signal. The WBAP is designed to provide a very close approximation to an actual pulsar signal. In order to control the WBAP and generate the pulsar signal, software needed to be written from the ground up. The control software has been completed and we were able to verify with a spectrum analyzer and VEGAS that the WBAP provides a close approximation to a real pulsar signal.