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Rob Ferdman, Research Associate, Interview

February 4, 2016, All Day
Location Richardson Hall - 224
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics
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  • Candidate Presentation 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Teaching Presentation 1:45 - 2:30pm 

Title
Pulsars: precision tools for understanding the Universe

Abstract
Pulsars, the rapidly spinning neutron-star remnants of massive stellar collapse, are celebrated tools for performing a variety of precision astrophysical studies. I will discuss my primary research work with these fascinating objects, which focuses on observational tests of gravitational theory, and constraining models of compact stellar and binary evolution.

High-precision pulsar timing provides some of the most stringent constraints on the predictions made by general relativity and alternative theories. I will describe tests using highly relativistic systems such as the astonishing double pulsar, as well as the effort to directly detect gravitational waves -- a "holy grail" in validating general relativity -- with the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, which uses the distances between Earth and several millisecond-period pulsars as arms of a Galactic-scale GW detector.

Full Schedule

  • 9:00 – 9:15
    Meet with faculty. Donuts RI 224 
  • 9:15 – 10:15
    Meet with Search Committee RI 224 
  • 10:15 – 10:30
    Set - up RI 224 
  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Candidate Presentation* RI 224 
  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Meet with Chair RI 268 
  • 12:15 - 1:30
    Lunch Student Center 
  • 1:45 - 2:30
    Teaching Presentation RI 224 
  • 2:30 - 3.00
    Informal Time 
  • 3:00
    Meet with Dean CELS Informal conversation