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Today's Colloquium - Approaching a second Renaissance in the studies of globular cluster pulsars

Submitter: Andrea Possenti
Description: Globular clusters (in particular the densest ones) are breeding grounds for the formation of millisecond pulsars: in effect, the high rate of dynamical stellar interactions which can occur in a globular cluster core can significantly enhance the primordial population of rapidly spinning pulsars.

On one side, this fact can give birth to peculiar binary millisecond pulsar systems, which can be exploited for various studies in fundamental physics. On another side, a large population of millisecond pulsars can constrain various properties of the globular cluster hosting them,

After a review of some of the most notable results, the talk will discuss the new flourishing of this line of research, which will be made possible by the new instruments coming online nowadays.

Picture: The globular cluster 47 Tucanae
Copyright: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage - ESA/Hubble Collaboration, Acknowledgment: J. Mack (STScI) and G. Piotto (University of Padova)
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