800 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA
Pulsars are highly magnetized, rapidly rotating stars that are formed in supernova explosions. Their radio pulses can be timed with incredibly high precision and uses for a variety of fundamental physics experiments. Dr. McLaughlin will describe how observations of pulsars with the largest radio telescopes in the world are being used to search for gravitational waves from the supermassive black holes at the centers of distance galaxies. These observations are expected to result in a detection of gravitational waves within the next decade, and possibly much sooner.
Dr. Maura McLaughlin
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
West Virginia University