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Precision radio-frequency pulsar timing & interstellar scintillometry

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posted on 2018-09-06, 23:51 authored by DANIEL JOHN REARDON
Pulsars are the dense remnants of massive exploded stars. They behave like incredible natural clocks and are used as laboratories for strong gravity. The most stable pulsars in the sky, can function together as a gravitational wave detector the size of our Galaxy. The detection of these waves in coming years will depend on detailed understanding of the pulsars, and the interstellar plasma that interferes with their signals. This work used data from the Parkes radio telescope to precisely time these clocks, and monitor how they twinkle in the sky, for precise new models of the pulsars and interstellar medium.


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Principal supervisor

Yuri Levin

Additional supervisor 1

George Hobbs

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Physics and Astronomy

Additional Institution or Organisation

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Science