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- Status update of the Parkes pulsar timing array
- Verbiest, J. P. W.; Bailes, M.; Bhat, N. D. R.; Burke-Spolaor, S.; Champion, D. J.; Coles, W.; Hobbs, G. B.; Hotan, A. W.; Jenet, F.; Khoo, J.; Lee, K. J.; Lommen, A.; Manchester, R. N.; Oslowski, S.; Reynolds, J.; Sarkissian, J.; van Straten, W.; Yardley, D. R. B.; You, X. P.
- The Parkes Pulsar Timing Array project aims to make a direct detection of a gravitational wave background through the timing of millisecond pulsars. In this paper, the main requirements for that endeavour are described and recent and ongoing progress is outlined. We demonstrate that the timing properties of millisecond pulsars are adequate and that technological progress is timely to expect a successful detection of gravitational waves within a decade, or alternatively to rule out all current predictions for gravitational wave backgrounds formed by supermassive black-hole mergers.
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- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol. 27, no. 8 (2010), article no. 084015
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- 0105 Mathematical Physics; 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics; 0206 Quantum Physics
- Gravitational waves; Hardware development; Parkes Pulsar Timing Array; Pulsar timing; Pulsars; Software development
- Institute of Physics Publishing
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- Copyright © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd. The accepted manuscript of the paper is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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- The Parkes Observatory is part of the Australia Telescope which is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia for operation as a National Facility managed by CSIRO. The authors acknowledges support from a WVEPSCoR research challenge grant held by the WVU Center for Astrophysics.
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