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Pulsars: Fundamental Physics with Nature's Best Celestial Clocks
  • Speaker: Dr. Michael Lam
  • Website: Personal Website
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  • Location: Community Room at the Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave
  • Type: Science Cafe Event

Abstract: Pulsars are the remnant cores of dead massive stars. Spinning up to hundreds of times per second, their rotation is both stable and predictable, allowing us to use these as giant celestial clocks. In turn, we can use pulsars as a laboratory for fundamental physics, from tests of gravity to the composition of extreme nuclear matter. I will discuss a number of these different tests and my role as part of the NANOGrav Collaboration.