A brief history of European partnership
In the 90's, European pulsar astronomers realized that the unique
concentration of pulsar expertise and large telescopes in Europe could
be brought together to achieve something bigger than any single research group
can hope to achieve alone.
Some of the important milestones of this collaboration are:
Today: World-leadership in pulsar astronomy!
- 1990: Pulsar Month observations at the Effelsberg radio telescope.
- 1991: Commencement of joint survey for millisecond pulsars at Parkes
- 1994: European Pulsar Network (EPN) funded by EU Human Capital and Mobility Programme
- 1995: First EU sponsored EPN workshop at Jodrell Bank, UK
- 1996: Second EU sponsored EPN workshop near Thessaloniki, GR
- 1997: Common EPN data format and public EPN archive
- 1998: Simultaneous multi-telescope single-pulse observations
- 1998: Completion of joint survey for millisecond pulsars at Parkes
- 1998: Start of new joint 13-beam survey along the Galactic plane
- 2001: First publication of joint millisecond pulsar timing
- 2002: EPN science workshop on simultaneous multi-frequency data
- 2003: Discovery of the first Double Pulsar
- 2005: Completion of Parkes Multibeam Survey
- 2005: Establishment of the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA).