UofT AstroTour: Sensing Hidden Signals with Pulsars

Sensing Hidden Signals with Pulsars
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Pulsars, born after the splendid explosion of massive stars, are the most compact objects in the visible universe. Sitting on Earth, we receive regular pulses of light from pulsars. The accuracy of the period between pulses can sometimes rival that of an atomic clock. Pulsar studies have won two Nobel prizes: one for their discovery, and one for the first indirect evidence of gravitational waves. In this talk, Dongzi Li will explain how the compact nature and the excellent periodicity of pulses help make previously difficult studies feasible. Not only can these pulses show signs of gravitational waves, but they can also reveal the mysteries of small scale structures in the universe by facilitating natural “telescope arrays” several times the Sun–Earth separation.

Dongzi Li is a PhD student in the UofT Physics department. She uses pulsars as a probe, and clustered interstellar electrons as giant lenses, to study the magnetic structures in the interstellar medium. She whistles when she walks. She still dreams to be a kung fu master when she’s grown up.

After the talk, join us for telescope observing (weather dependent), planetarium shows, and other astronomy activities! This portion of the event will be in McLennan Physical Laboratories (60 St. George Street).

Due to limited seating, tickets for the planetarium shows will be available outside the auditorium before the talk on a first-come first-served basis.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: U of T Graduate Astronomy Students Association. AstroTours are generously supported by the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
Location: University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP 102), 60 St George St., Toronto, ON