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Second Einstein@Home newsletter
Dear Einstein@Home volunteers,

the five-year upgrade of the LIGO detectors has been completed and we are a large step closer to the first direct detection of gravitational waves, which will mark the beginning of a new era of astronomy. As we are writing this newsletter, Advanced LIGO is beginning its first observation run “O1” after an extensive comissioning phase and a series of “engineering runs”. The Einstein@Home team is truly excited and is looking forward to the most sensitive gravitational-wave data ever recorded.

In the first week of September more than 200 gravitational-wave scientists from the LIGO Virgo Scientific Collaboration gathered in Budapest for their fall meeting. Many Einstein@Home team members were present and reported on their ongoing gravitational-wave searches. During the meeting, the seventh issue of the LIGO Magazine was published, featuring a four page article on Einstein@Home. You can read it for free at [1].

Our second newsletter this year features news from the project administration and updates from our three searches for rapidly rotating neutron stars (through gravitational waves, radio waves, and gamma rays). We are very happy to report three new discoveries! One was made in data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, and three were made in data from the Arecibo Radio Telescope. See below for more details on the discoveries.

Note that we are advertising a position for an Einstein@Home computational scientist at UWM in Milwaukee [2]. If you have the required skills and interest, please apply!

(Posted on behalf of) Bruce Allen, Director, Einstein@Home
1 Oct 2015, 5:58:39 UTC · Comment

Work for Einstein@Home at UWM - job advert
Einstein@Home Computational Scientist

The Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) at the University of Wisconsin ­ Milwaukee is looking for a creative and talented individual to join our scientific computing team.

Job advert (PDF)
9 Sep 2015, 10:55:59 UTC · Comment

Einstein@Home in latest LIGO Magazine
The new LIGO magazine is out and it features an article about Einstein@Home. You read a pdf file of the article here. The article was written by M. Alessandra Papa, Benjamin Knispel, Holger Pletsch and Bernd Machenschalk from the Einstein@Home team, looking at the project's history, infrastructure, and different searches.

Do have a look at this and the earlier issues of the LIGO Magazine to learn more about the LIGO gravitational detectors.

Benjamin Knispel, project scientist
2 Sep 2015, 7:01:22 UTC · Comment

Hidden in plain sight: E@H discovery of an elusive gamma-ray pulsar
We are glad to announce the discovery of a new gamma-ray pulsar hidden in plain sight in data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
The object has been discovered by the computers of Connor Barry of Lafayette, Colorado, USA and Rich Johnson of Hayward, California, USA -- Congratulations!
The scientific paper has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. An open-access preprint version is found here.

To learn more about it, check out the press release (a German version is also available here).

Thanks to everyone participating in Einstein@Home and enabling such exciting discoveries!

Holger Pletsch, Project Scientist and Research Group Leader
5 Aug 2015, 8:27:39 UTC · Comment

First Einstein@Home Newsletter
Dear Einstein@Home volunteers,

February 19th was the tenth anniversary of the Einstein@Home launch. A lot has happened in the past decade, and thanks to your support, the project has become one of the largest distributed volunteer projects on the planet. Thank you for helping Einstein@Home to do great science!

We would like to begin Einstein@Home's anniversary year by launching the Einstein@Home newsletter. Four times a year, project scientists and developers will tell you about our exciting science. In each newsletter, a handful of Einstein@Home team members will report on what they have been up to, and what their plans for the future are.

Our first newsletter features updates from Bernd Machenschalk on how the project operates, and from M. Alessandra Papa on Einstein@Home's latest and most sensitive gravitational-wave hunt. Benjamin Knispel brings you up to speed with the search for binary radio pulsars and Holger Pletsch has news on the Fermi gamma-ray pulsar analysis. Enjoy!

Posted on behalf of Bruce Allen, Director, Einstein@Home
13 Mar 2015, 7:42:22 UTC · Comment

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grants PHY-1104902, PHY-1104617 and PHY-1105572 and by the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the investigators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or the MPG.

Copyright © 2015 Bruce Allen