Journal Article

Optimal interpolation and prediction in pulsar timing

X. P. Deng, W. Coles, G. Hobbs, M. J. Keith, R. N. Manchester, R. M. Shannon and J. H. Zheng

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 424, issue 1, pages 244-251
Published in print July 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Optimal interpolation and prediction in pulsar timing

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For pulsar projects it is often necessary to predict the pulse phase in advance, for example when preparing for new observations. Interpolation of the pulse phase between existing measurements is also often required, for example when folding X-ray or gamma-ray observations according to the radio pulse phase. Until now these procedures have been done using various ad hoc methods. The purpose of this paper is to show how to interpolate or predict the pulse phase optimally using statistical models of the various noise processes and the phase measurement uncertainty.

Keywords: methods: data analysis; pulsars: general

Journal Article.  5411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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