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A&A Supplement series, Vol. 128, March II 1998, 541-544

Received June 6; accepted August 28, 1997

A flexible format for exchanging pulsar data

D.R. Lorimertex2html_wrap777, A. Jessnertex2html_wrap777, J.H. Seiradakistex2html_wrap781, A.G. Lynetex2html_wrap783, N. D'Amicotex2html_wrap785, A. Athanasopoulostex2html_wrap781, K.M. Xilouristex2html_wrap789, M. Kramertex2html_wrap777, and R. Wielebinskitex2html_wrap777

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tex2html_wrap795  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, D-53121 Bonn, Germany
tex2html_wrap797  University of Thessaloniki, Department of Physics, Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, GR-54006, Greece
tex2html_wrap799  University of Manchester, Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK
tex2html_wrap801  Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
tex2html_wrap803  National Astronomy and Ionospheric Center, Arecibo Observatory, P.O. Box 995, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00613


We describe a data format currently in use amongst European institutions for exchanging and archiving pulsar data. The format is designed to be as flexible as possible with regard to present and future compatibility with different operating systems. One application of the common format is simultaneous multi-frequency observations of single pulses. A data archive containing over 2500 pulse profiles stored in this format is now available via the Internet, together with a small suite of computer programs that can read, write and display the data.

keywords: pulsars: general -- astronomical databases: miscellaneous

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