Gravitational wave searches in pulsar timing data
Xavier Siemens (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
November 10, 2014
Abstract: I will review some of the recent progress made in analyzing pulsar timing array data. I will talk about sources of gravitational waves in the nano-Hertz band and prospects for detection. Interestingly, the latest estimates of the amplitude of the stochastic background from super-massive binary black hole coalescences point to a potential discovery date within the decade. I’ll also discuss the potential of gravitational waves to shed light on alternative theories of gravity.