The NANOGrav PTA Experiment: Overview and Developments
University of Virginia
The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) seeks to make direct detections of gravitational waves by means of monitoring an array of millisecond pulsars over decade-long timescales. As the experiment is now approaching the end of its first decade of data collection, I will overview the experiment's current operations and present ongoing work and preliminary results. In particular, I will describe my own contribution to the analyzing of the NANOGrav dataset in the context of future broadband receiver and backend systems, as well as ancillary science to come from the NANOGrav dataset and planned future observations.
Date: Thursday, 22 January 2015 Time: 15:30 Where: McGill University McGill Space Institute (3550 University), Conference Room Contact: Robert Rutledge