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The Double Pulsar, Aurora Borealis and Testing Theories of Gravity

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Maxim Lyutikov

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Purdue University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

The Double Pulsar - a system of two neutron stars in which both companions emit pulsed radio signals - is an excellent astrophysical tool to probe theories of gravity, stellar evolution and plasma physics in extreme conditions. Periodic eclipses seen in the system provided the first test of relativistic spin precession in strong gravity regime. A number of methods used in studying the interaction of the Solar wind with planetary magnetospheres can be directly applied to this amazing system.