Nature, more often than not, reveals a truly remarkable way of enabling us humans, to understand her. One of these magical revelations and a gift to astronomers, are Pulsars (which are highly magnetized, rapidly rotating neutron stars with beams of coherent emission from their magnetic dipoles! - how cool is that?).
"Space" and "Time" are a fundamental way of understanding this universe and measuring "time" precisely in interesting and extreme parts of the universe is key, to understanding the behavior of space. Pulsars are clocks that are distributed across the universe, that can be timed precisely to understand the nature of space in those regions. Such studies have enabled us to detect planetary companions around these stars, test theories of gravity, understand the interior structure of neutron stars and also the possibility of detecting gravitational radiation.
My research involves the timing of these marvellous rotating stars and studying their single pulses to mitigate noise and achieve better precision in timing. I will be working in commissioning the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa and the new wideband receiver at Parkes, both of which are great for the future of pulsar timing. I would also be involved with the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) team on projects related to pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection. Finally, I would be working on the pulsar timing programme and the automatic scheduling of the Molonglo Radio telescope, which would make it more awesome than it is already!
Supervising me in this already exciting PhD journey are Prof.Matthew Bailes and Dr. Willem van Straten. Along with them, there is an entire team of cool pulsar astronomers who are amazing to work with.
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