If the analysis of a particular set of workunits
looks promising and shows clear or faint signs of the
form shown above, the target is entered on a
"candidate list". From time to time, this list is
submitted to the PALFA Consortium for review. If the
Consortium finds the respective target promising, too,
it schedules a dedicated follow-up observation for
Once the new data is obtained, it is being analyzed
using the method described above. With a much longer
observation time than in the survey, the follow-up observation
should show whether a new pulsar has been found or not with a
very high level of confidence.
The handful of users, on whose computers the initial data
analysis was performed that found the candidate with the highest
significance, will be credited in the acknowledgements section
of the scientific discovery paper.
With the 305 meter dish near Arecibo, Puerto Rico,
each candidate will be observed in a longer follow-up to unveil its true nature.
Courtesy of the NAIC - Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF