Type: 
SSO Seminar
Date-Time: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Zoom
Event Speaker: 
Xavier Siemens
Abstract: 

Supermassive black hole binaries (SMBHBs), and possibly other sources,
generate gravitational waves in the nanohertz part of the spectrum. For over a
decade and a half the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves
(NANOGrav) has been using the Green Bank Telescope, the Arecibo Observatory,
and, more recently, the Very Large Array to observe millisecond pulsars. Our
goal is to directly detect nanohertz gravitational waves, which cause small
correlated perturbations to the times of arrival of radio pulses from millisecond
pulsars. We currently monitor almost 80 millisecond pulsars with sub-microsecond
precision and weekly to monthly cadences. I will present an overview of NANOGrav  
Physics Frontiers Center activities and summarize the results of our most recent
search for a stochastic background of gravitational-waves on the 12.5-yr dataset.