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Tests of theories of gravity using radio astronomy: from now to the Square Kilometre Array

Michael Kramer
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie

Radio astronomical techniques are important for testing theories of gravity in strong-field regime. I will report on our ongoing experiments involving binary pulsars, searches for pulsar-black hole binaries and imaging observations of the event horizon of the super-massive black in the centre of the Milky Way. I explain how our efforts to detect nHz gravitational waves using pulsar timing arrays complement the measurements with LIGO-like detectors. I will also give an outlook on what is possible with the upcoming Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which promises not only to revolutionize the radio astronomy but astronomy as a whole.

2016 May 16, 12:00

Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (Seminar room)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia