The student workshop will include a number of lectures and hands on activities that aim to familiarize participants with the various tools used in detecting gravitational waves from pulsar observations.

A detailed schedule will be posted closer to the workshop date. Topics covered could include:

  • Basic principles of pulsar timing.
  • Pulsar searches, discovery, confirmation and timing.
  • Introduction to gravitational wave (GW) science.
  • GW sources detectable by the PTA.
  • PTA science and challenges.
  • Familiarization with pulsar timing software such as TEMPO2/PINT.
  • Data analysis techniques for making a GW detection.
  • Sources of noise in PTA data sets.
  • Interstellar medium, dispersion and scattering effects, etc.

Most afternoons have a tutorial session where students work in teams or individually solving problems and presenting the results to the other members of the workshop.

Proposed Instructors

  • Kuo Liu (MPIfR, Bonn)
  • James McKee (MPIfR, Bonn)
  • Lucas Guillemot (Université d'Orleans)
  • Antoine Petiteau (Université Paris-Diderot)
  • Lindley Lentati (Cambridge University)
  • Delphine Perodin (Cagliari Observatory)
  • Peter Gentile (West Virginia University)
  • Jeffrey Hazboun (UT Rio Grande Valley)
  • Stefan Oslowski (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Agnès Fienga (Nice Observatory)
  • Gérard Petit (BIPM)
  • Jean-Mathias Griessmeier (Université d'Orleans)
  • Alexandre LeTiec (CNRS and Paris Observatory)
  • Eric Gourgoulhon (CNRS and Paris Observatory)

Student Week Participants

registered as of May 02, 2017

  • Abubakr Ibrahim
  • Aditya Parthasarathy
  • Antonia Orsini
  • Ben Gillen
  • Brent Shapiro-Albert
  • Caitlin Witt
  • Dominic Bosco (withdrawn)
  • Haley Wahl
  • Henryk Haniewicz
  • Hind Al Noori
  • Janna Goldstein
  • Jiang Dong
  • Jing Luo
  • Julian Donner
  • Keeisi Caballero
  • Lars Künkel
  • Lin Wang
  • Lorenz Haase
  • Megan Jones
  • Michael Lam
  • Naoyuki Yonemaru
  • Paul Baker
  • Renée Spiewak
  • Siyuan Chen
  • Stella Ocker
  • Xiaojin Liu