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But Wait! There's More!: A Wealth of Science from Millisecond Pulsars
Presented by Scott Ransom
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Thursday, May 7, 2015
4:00 P.M. in 169-336

Pulsars are some of astrophysics' most exotic objects. We currently know of about 2400 pulsars in our Galaxy, but a small subset of them, the millisecond pulsars (MSPs), are truly remarkable. These systems are notoriously hard to detect, yet their numbers have more than doubled in the past 4 years via surveys using the world's most sensitive telescopes, new instrumentation, and huge amounts of computing. Specialized "timing" observations of these systems are providing fantastic results. In this talk I'll focus on the efforts to directly detect gravitational waves from super-massive black hole binaries and some surprising new physics opportunities from the recently-discovered MSP triple system.

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