|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|15:30-16:30 Wed 17 Dec 2008|
ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre
(Swinburne University of Technology)
Pulsar Timing and the Gravitational Wave Background - Joris Verbiest Colloquium
The high stability of some millisecond pulsars (MSPs), along with ever increasing levels of timing precision, has been predicted to enable detection of gravitational wave (GW) effects on the Earth. Specifically, it has been shown that GWs arising from hierarchical galaxy formation - and associated supermassive black hole binaries - would be detected provided 20 MSPs can be timed for five years or more at a precision of ~100 ns. The practical feasibility of this scenario is investigated.
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