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Colloquium by George Hobbs (CSIRO)

Pulsar Astronomy with Parkes

Abstract: 

The study of pulsars remains an active area of research in Australia, in particular with the Parkes telescope. I will provide a short history of pulsar research and then describe in more detail on-going pulsar research. I will highlight the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array project in which we are hunting for ultra-low-frequency gravitational waves, measuring planetary masses and developing a pulsar-based timescale. I will also describe recent pulsar and fast-radio-burst searches. The Parkes telescope is currently being upgraded with an ultra-wide-band receiver system. I'll describe the early results from this new receiver and highlight the science cases that will be carried out when it is finally commissioned. I will conclude by discussing synergies between the Australian and other telescopes Worldwide, including the FAST telescope.

Time: Oct. 11, Wednesday, 2017, 14:30 pm

Venue: A601, NAOC