IAU Symposium 337 - Pulsar Astrophysics: The Next 50 Years

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I had noticed there was big IAU gathering at Jodrell Bank as the 50th anniversary of the first pulsar discovery approaches. Nov  28. 

Today was opening day and wow E@H gets a mention in the morning session of the first day of the four day event.

The Einstein@Home Gamma-ray Pulsar Survey Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) Colin Clark

Since the launch of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2008, the onboard Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected gamma-ray pulsations from more than 200 pulsars. A large fraction of these remain undetected in radio observations, and could only be found by directly searching the LAT data for pulsations. However, the sensitivity of such “blind" searches is limited by the sparse photon data and vast computational requirements. I will present the latest large-scale blind-search survey for gamma-ray pulsars, which ran on the distributed volunteer computing
system, Einstein@Home, and discovered 19 new gamma-ray pulsars. I will explain how recent improvements to search techniques and the LAT data reconstruction have boosted the sensitivity of blind searches such as this, and will present highlights from the results of the survey. These include the discoveries of: two glitching pulsars; the youngest known radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar; and two isolated MSPs, one of which is the only known radio-quiet rotationally powered MSP.

Mike Hewson
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Absolutely. E@H does hard

Absolutely. E@H does hard science yielding credible results in the field of astrophysics. This is a credit to the originator Professor Bruce Allen; the infrastructure product ( a fine jewel ) from Berkeley; our project scientists at AEI; our IT support crew that do hardware plus the "wetwork" in the bilges; those collaborations who provide us with the data; and last but not least all the online contributors all around the world who have freely gifted some of their personal wealth over the years, and continue to, in one or other form to crunch the algorithms. Oh, and the NSF for funding. Plus associated institutions like UWM & Uni Glasgow & ANU.

Err ..... if I've forgotten anyone then may I be shot with a potato gun in the leg. At dawn for preference.

Cheers, Mike.

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal

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