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Ppta2

The Second ATNF Gravitational Wave Workshop

Date: 12th-13th Dec 2007
Place: ATNF Lecture Theatre, Marsfield, Sydney
Organisers: George Hobbs & Dick Manchester
Aim: To highlight results from the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) project, to discuss astrophysical sources of gravitational waves and to discuss future issues
Registration: Programme now available. Please contact George Hobbs if you require more information.

Background information

Data have been collected for the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) project over the past 3.5 years. The main goal of the PPTA project is to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves. Already, we have used our data to limit the existence of a stochastic background of low-frequency gravitational waves. Other results from the project have included constraining Solar system planetary masses, studying the Solar corona and probing the interstellar medium. In the near future we expect to limit the existence of single coalescing massive black-hole binary systems to high red-shift, place limits on various theories of gravity, study pulsar spin-down and search for irregularities in terrestrial time standards.

To highlight our results and to discuss future issues we have organised a meeting to be held on the 12th and 13th of December 2007 in the ATNF lecture theatre (Sydney).

Presentations from The Second ATNF Gravitational Wave Workshop

Scientific programme for Wednesday 12th Dec 2007
Scientific programme for Thursday 13th Dec 2007