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Pulsar Timing as an Instrument to Probe Fundamental Physics and Astrophysics (WILL START AT 12:30 DUE TO PLANCK TALKS)
Presented by Rutger van Haasteren
Max Planck Institute Hannover

Monday, March 25, 2013
12:30 P.M. in 169-336

Pulsars are among the most extraordinary objects in the universe. Not only are they fascinating objects for their extreme physics, but they can also be used as scientific instruments to study the Universe in unique ways. In this presentation I will give an overview of the use of pulsar timing to study fundamental physics, with a special focus on gravitational-wave detection. By timing many millisecond pulsars regularly over long periods of time, one can construct a detector not unlike the gravitational-wave detectors like LIGO and LISA. I will present the most recent results from the pulsar timing array community, with a short outlook to the future.

SVCP Astrophysics

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