Tuesday, September 3 2019
10:00 - 11:30

Alladi Ramakrishnan Hall

Tests of GR using Pulsar Timing (Remote Talk)

Richard N. Manchester

Astronomy and Space Science - The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia)

The great stability of pulsar periods, especially millisecond pulsars, and the existence of pulsars in
binary systems makes possible a range of tests of theories of relativistic gravitation, in particular,
Einsteinís general theory of relativity (GR). In this talk I will concentrate on GR tests made using
timing observations of the Double Pulsar, PSR J0737-3039A/B. These have enabled measurement of
six relativistic parameters, giving five independent tests of GR. They have also revealed the effects
of Lense-Thirring precession and gravitational light-bending leading to constraints on the moment
of inertia of the neutron star.

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