Searching High and Low for New Pulsars with Green Bank and Arecibo

CGWP Seminar by Dr. Maura McLaughlin from West Virginia University

Tuesday at 4:00 PM in 320 Whitmore (4/7/2009)

Over the past several years, pulsar surveys with the Green Bank and Arecibo telescopes have revealed roughly 70 new Galactic pulsars. I will give an overview of the search algorithms and processing pipelines used in these surveys, and will describe several interesting discoveries. These include pulsars detected only through their single radio pulses, a new double neutron star binary, a binary system that challenges conventional theories about binary evolution, and one that spectacularly confirms these same theories. I will discuss the expected yields from these surveys, and their importance in pulsar population studies and for the pulsar timing array