| For the last 9 years in a row (!!!), ASTRON has hosted four 2nd year undergraduate students from the University of Amsterdam. This year the students visited ASTRON from 12 - 15 January 2015. This is part of a bachelors course in which they undertake a short "real life" research project.
This year's students, Bastiaan, Koen, Xanthe and Zazo, analyzed 14 LOFAR pulsar observations in order to blindly discover the pulsar's rotational period and dispersion measure, refine their parameter estimation and then track the changes of the rotational period with time. Thereafter they used this information to model the pulsar's binary orbit and the properties of the eclipsing gas in this system.
As part of the project, the students also write-up a report on their findings and present them to their peers in Amsterdam. Part of their report and the python-based data reduction pipeline they wrote is shown here.
Thanks also to Roy Smits for giving them a tour of Westerbork!