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Tomorrow's colloquium: Radio pulsars and instrument innovation for supernovae/gravitational-wave research

Submitter: Joeri van Leeuwen
Description: Due to their extreme compactness and supernuclear density radio pulsars are extremely stable rotators. Our goal is
1) to use radio pulsars to improve our limited understanding of the most energetic events known in the universe and the source of the elements that make up planets and all forms of life: supernovae
2) to find individual radio-pulsar systems that are such stable rotators that they can be used for the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves.

We are continuously developing mixed FPGA/GPU/CPU instruments for searching and studying pulsars, and have deployed pulsar machines to all major telescopes on the globe; while with a LOFAR all-sky pulsar survey we expect to uncover hundreds to a thousand new pulsars, providing the first-ever opportunity to map the complete local pulsar population.
Copyright: John Rowe/ATNF, CASPER/UC Berkeley, JvL
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