IAS Physics Group Meeting

Gravitational Wave Measurements with Pulsar Timing Arrays

Abstract: Pulsar timing arrays (PTAs) consist of a set of regularly monitored millisecond pulsars with extremely stable rotational periods. The arrival time of pulses can be altered by the passage of gravitational waves (GWs) between them and the Earth, thus serving as a galaxy-wide GW detector. Evidence for the first detection of low-frequency (~nHz) gravitational waves has recently been reported across multiple PTA collaborations, opening a new observational window into the Universe. Although the origin of the GW signal is yet to be determined, the dominant sources are expected to be inpiralling supermassive black holes (SMBHs). I will introduce how this measurement works, what we can potentially learn from it, and a recent work comparing the observed GW background with its predicted value.

Date & Time

April 03, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:15pm


Bloomberg Lecture Hall (IAS)

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