Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The Hunt for Millisecond Pulsars

Vicki Kaspi
McGill University

Fri., March 7, 2014
1:30 PM @ Stirling Hall, Lecture Theatre A

Abstract:

Millisecond radio pulsars are nature's most perfect clock, with rotational stabilities that can exceed 1 in 1015 on long timescales. Thanks to their amazingly high precision clock-like properties, millisecond pulsars are extremely useful for studying a wide variety of astrophysical topics, ranging from the equation-of-state of ultradense matter to testing theories of relativistic gravity, such as General Relativity. Here I describe current efforts to search for millisecond pulsars using the world's largest telescopes, recent results, as well as the larger goal of using an array of millisecond pulsars on the sky to make a direct detection of gravitational waves in the nano hertz regime.