Information on Service 'ATNF Pulsar Catalog'

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The Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Pulsar Catalog is a catalog of known pulsars compiled by R.N. Manchester et al. and is descended from pulsar database used for the paper "Catalog of 558 Pulsars" by J.H. Taylor, R.N. Manchester and A.G. Lyne 1993, ApJS, 88, 529-568. The current catalog has been supplemented by inclusion of published data from more recent radio surveys, in particular, the Parkes Multibeam (PM) Pulsar Survey (Manchester et al. 2001, MNRAS, 328, 17-35) [available at the HEASARC as the PMPULSAR table] and the Swinburne Intermediate Latitude Pulsar Survey (Edwards et al. 2001, MNRAS, 326, 358-374), both made using the ATNF Parkes 64-m radio telescope. Binary parameters for known binary pulsars are also included as well as all available astrometric and spin parameter information for all pulsars. The catalog includes all published rotation-powered pulsars. Two separate small subsets of pulsars detected ONLY at high energies are also included in the current table: the first group comprises X-ray and gamma-ray pulsars which are apparently powered by spin-down energy, but which have not been detected at radio wavelengths, while the second group contains anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs) and soft-gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs) for which coherent pulsations have been detected. Accretion-powered pulsars such as Her X-1 and the recently discovered X-Ray millisecond pulsars such as SAX J1808.4-3658 are not included in this table, however. Many people have contributed to the compilation of the data contained in this catalog and the database that it was derived from. The authors particularly thank Andrew Lyne of the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, David Nice of Princeton University, and Russell Edwards, then at Swinburne University of Technology. The also acknowledge the efforts of Warwick University students Adam Goode and Steven Thomas who compiled and checked a recent version of the database. The original (summer 2003) database at the ATNF website was compiled with the invaluable assistance of Maryam Hobbs, while the ATNF web interface was designed and constructed by Albert Teoh, a Summer Vacation Scholar at the ATNF in 2002/2003.

The authors would appreciate if anyone making use of this catalog in a publication acknowledges the source of their information by quoting the ATNF Pulsar Catalog website address of http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/pulsar/psrcat/

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Input Fields

The following fields are available to provide input to the service (with some renderers, some of these fields may be unavailable):

NameTable Head DescriptionUnitUCD
DEC Delta (ICRS) Declination (ICRS decimal) deg pos.eq.dec
dm Disp. Meas. Dispersion Measure (pc/cm^3) pc/cm^3 N/A
hscs_pos Position/Name Coordinates (as h m s, d m s or decimal degrees), or SIMBAD-resolvable object N/A N/A
hscs_sr Search radius Search radius in arcminutes N/A N/A
MAXREC Match limit Maximum number of records returned. Pass 0 to retrieve service parameters. N/A N/A
name Name Pulsar Designation, Based on J2000 Coordinates N/A meta.id;meta.main
period Period Barycentric Period s N/A
period_dot d/dt Period First Time Derivative of Barycentric Period s/s N/A
RA Alpha (ICRS) Right Ascension (ICRS decimal) deg pos.eq.ra
RESPONSEFORMAT Output Format File format requested for output. N/A meta.code.mime
SR Search Radius Search radius deg N/A
VERB Verbosity Exhaustiveness of column selection. VERB=1 only returns the most important columns, VERB=2 selects the columns deemed useful to the average user, VERB=3 returns a table with all available columns. N/A N/A

Default Output Fields

The following fields are contained in the output by default. More fields may be available for selection; these would be given below in the VOTable output fields.

NameTable Head DescriptionUnitUCD
dec Dec Declination deg pos.eq.dec;meta.main
dm Disp. Meas. Dispersion Measure (pc/cm^3) pc/cm^3 N/A
dm_error Err. D.M. Uncertainty in Dispersion Measure (pc/cm^3) pc/cm^3 N/A
name Name Pulsar Designation, Based on J2000 Coordinates N/A meta.id;meta.main
period Period Barycentric Period s N/A
period_dot d/dt Period First Time Derivative of Barycentric Period s/s N/A
period_dot_error Err. d/dt Period Uncertainty in Period Dot (s/s) s/s N/A
period_error Err(Period) Barycentric Period Uncertainty s N/A
ra RA Right Ascension deg pos.eq.ra;meta.main

VOTable Output Fields

The following fields are available in VOTable output. The verbosity level is a number intended to represent the relative importance of the field on a scale of 1 to 30. The services take a VERB argument. A field is included in the output if their verbosity level is less or equal VERB*10.

NameTable Head DescriptionUnitUCD Verb. Level
name Name Pulsar Designation, Based on J2000 Coordinates N/A meta.id;meta.main 20
ra RA Right Ascension deg pos.eq.ra;meta.main 20
dec Dec Declination deg pos.eq.dec;meta.main 20
period Period Barycentric Period s N/A 20
period_error Err(Period) Barycentric Period Uncertainty s N/A 20
period_dot d/dt Period First Time Derivative of Barycentric Period s/s N/A 20
period_dot_error Err. d/dt Period Uncertainty in Period Dot (s/s) s/s N/A 20
dm Disp. Meas. Dispersion Measure (pc/cm^3) pc/cm^3 N/A 20
dm_error Err. D.M. Uncertainty in Dispersion Measure (pc/cm^3) pc/cm^3 N/A 20

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