Conference Organizers:

  • Maura McLaughlin, West Virginia University
  • Scott Ransom, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Paul Ray, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Ingrid Stairs, University of British Columbia
  • Stephen Thorsett, Willamette University

Millisecond pulsars are exotic, energetic neutron stars which allow us to probe multiple facets of fundamental physics via a variety of measurements at different wavelengths. Since the discovery of the first millisecond pulsar 30 years ago, over 200 of these objects have been discovered, with the population more than doubling in the last decade. These discoveries include many strange and unique systems that challenge our theoretical understanding and serve as powerful physics tools. This conference will be the third in a roughly decadal series of Aspen Winter Conferences on studying physics with pulsars. Among the topics to be discussed are: the acceleration of particles to highly relativistic energies in millisecond pulsar magnetospheres and the production of GeV gamma-rays by those particles, the unknown plasma physics responsible for radio eclipses from certain binary pulsars, the physics of matter at supra-nuclear densities and the equation of state of neutron-rich material, the evolution of binary and isolated millisecond pulsars, pulsars in globular clusters, classical and relativistic orbital dynamics including stringent tests of general relativity, and the likely imminent detection of nanohertz gravitational radiation using a pulsar timing array.


8:00 Intro Manchester - Dispersion variations: impact and analysis Freire - Constraints on Alternative Gravitational Theories from Pulsar Timing Ramirez-Ruiz - Electromagnetic Signals that Follow Neutron Star Mergers Bogdanov - MSPs at X-ray Energies
8:15 Bailes - Pulsar Instrumentation, now and the future Pennucci - Wideband timing and Shapiro delay measurments of NANOGrav MSPs Shao - Constraints on Preferred Reference frames from Millisecond Pulsar Timing Ferdman - Constraints on Spin-Orbit Misalignment in PSR J0737-3039A Huang - High-Energy Studies of the Millisecond Pulsar PSR B1957+20
8:30 Burgay - The new 64-m Sardinia Radio Telescope van Straten - Polarization Calibration Techniques for PTA Data Antoniadis - The Compact Relativistic Binary PSR J0348+0432 Kim - Galactic NS-NS Coalescence Rates Colak - Phase-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopy of Two Accreting MSPs
8:45 Hessels - LOFAR Observations of MSPs Stinebring - A Review of ISM Mitigation Techniques Nice - Orbital Decay in PSRs J0751+1807 and B1913+16 Roberts - Black Widows and Redbacks Morsink - Constraints on Neutron Star Properties from Accreting X-ray MSPs
9:00 Berndsen - Periodicity Searches with Arrays (a segue to machine learning) Dolch - High-Frequency Interstellar Scattering of Pulsar B1937+21 McLaughlin - Timing of the Double Pulsar and Profile Evolution in B Kaplan - Optical Companions to Millisecond Pulsars Ray - Future X-ray Instruments for MSP Studies: NICER and LOFT
9:15 Lynch - The PALFA Survey Pen - CHIME and Pulsars Lyutikov - Magnetospheric Structure in the Double Pulsar Burderi - Coherent timing and spectral analysis of accreting MSPs
10:00 Verbiest - EPTA Overview and Current Limit Kong - Multiwavelength Observations of Black Widow MSPs in the Fermi Population Kiziltan - Globular Cluster Dynamics Ellis - Techniques for GW Detection and Application to Pulsar Timing Data Naiman - Globular Cluster Gas Heating by Millisecond Pulsars
10:15 Demorest - NANOGrav Overview and Current Limit Romani - Fermi BW MSP properties Ransom - Recent Results from GBT Globular Cluster Timing and Searches Finn - Characterization of GW Sources Zajczyk - Modeling Gamma-ray Emission from Globular Clusters
10:30 Shannon - PPTA Overview and Current Limit Belfiore - Blind searches for Gamma-ray MSPs Pallanca - Candidate Optical Companions to Globular Cluster Pulsars van Haasteren - A general Bayesian pipeline for pulsar timing and gravitational-wave signals Discussion
10:45 Bassa - Optimizing pulsar timing arrays Gregoire - Fermi MSP population modeling Sigurdsson - Formation and Evolution of Black Hole - PSR Binaries in Globular Clusters Kocsis - Using PTAs to Detect Black Holes in the Galactic Center
16:30 Ferrara - Gamma-ray properties of Fermi MSPs & the UNASSOC population Dyks - Geometrical Implications of MSP Profiles Madison - Detecting Gravitational Wave Bursts with Memory
16:45 Burnett - Prospects for detecting new MSP candidates in the gamma-ray sky Melikidze - The Partially Screened Gap Model for MSPs Physics Café McWilliams - Detecting a Stochastic Signal from SMBH Binaries
17:00 Sanpa-arsa - Radio Timing of New MSPs Discovered in Searches of Fermi Unassociated Sources Heyl - Bundling of Flux Tubes in Neutron Stars: Glitches and Magnetar Burst Oscillations Quiroga - Gravitational Waves from Accreting Systems
17:15 Den Hartog - Population of Fermi MSPs in 2PC Timokhin - Millisecond Pulsar Magnetospheres van Eysden - Glitch recovery and rotational equilibrium in pulsars
17:30 - 18:00 BREAK BREAK BREAK
18:00 Breaking News Harding - Modeling of gamma-ray emission from MSPs van Leeuwen - The LOFAR Pulsar Surveys
18:15 Johnson - MSP light curve modeling Public Lecture Stovall - The Green Bank Northern Celestial Cap Survey
18:30 Discussion Kerr - What's Special About Radio/Gamma-ray Aligned MSPs? Thornton - The High Time Resolution Universe Survey
18:45 Discussion Bagchi - The Detectability of Eccentric Binary Pulsars
19:30 Dinner at Meadows Conference Banquet at Meadows

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