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Physics Colloquium – Sarah Vigeland

March 1 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Searching for a Gravitational Wave Background with Pulsar Timing Arrays

Sarah Vigeland, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Physics, UW-Milwaukee
Pulsar timing arrays use observations of millisecond pulsars to detect nanohertz gravitational waves. The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) Collaboration has recently released their 15-year data set containing observations of 68 millisecond pulsars. These data contain evidence for Hellings-Downs correlations, which are characteristic of a gravitational wave background.

In this talk, I will present these results, and discuss the spectral properties of the signal and implications for the astrophysical source. I will also discuss prospects for detecting other types of gravitational wave sources with pulsar timing arrays, including individual supermassive binary black holes.

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March 1
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Physics Colloquia


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