The double pulsar as a probe of fundamental physics
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Physics Colloquium

Speaker: Prof. Maxim Lyutikov, Purdue University

Title : The double pulsar as a probe of fundamental physics

Date/Time: November 7th, Wednesday @ 14:40-15:30

Place: SUNUM building, room G111

Abstract:

The discovery of the double radio pulsar system, PSR J0737-3039A/B,
surpassed most expectations, both theoretical and observational, as a tool
to probe general relativity, stellar evolution and pulsar theories. I will
describe rich observational properties of the system, like eclipses, orbital
variations in magnetospheric activity, evidence for relativistic
reconnection, trapped magnetospheric particles.

The system allows a measurement of the relativistic spin precession and
offers a new test of theories of gravity in strong regime. We can also
pin-point the location and the shape of the region producing enigmatic
coherent radio emission.

contact: Ersin Gogus, ersing@sabanciuniv.edu
Inanc Adagideli, adagideli@sabanciuniv.edu