Pulsar Scintillometry with VLBI












2017 is the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the pulsar and Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). In the past twenty years, VLBI has been used in pulsar observations to study pulsar scintillation and scattering due to density variations in the ionized interstellar medium (IISM). With VLBI, it is possible to characterize and in some cases image the scattered image of the pulsar. This workshop will focus on recent progress made in this area, including theory of scintillation, new results and improvement of techniques in the investigation of the ISM through pulsar observations, the characterization of pulsar scintillation and removal of pulsar scintillation from observations, and the study of pulsars using the scattered images to obtain very high spatial resolution.

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Date: October 16th to October 20th, 2017 (click here for workshop programme)

Location: McLennan Physics Labs (MP 1318), University of Toronto, 60 St. George Street


Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Dan Stinebring (Oberlin College, Oberlin) – Chair
  • Tatiana Smirnova (PRAO, LPI, Moscow)
  • Carl Gwinn (UC, Santa Barbara)
  • Ue-Li Pen (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Dana Simard (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Viswesh Marthi (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)

Local Organizing Committee

  • Fang-Xi Lin (CITA, Toronto)
  • Dongzi Li (CITA, Toronto)
  • Claire Yoon (CITA, Toronto)
  • Robert Main (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Daniel Baker (CITA, Toronto)
  • Ariel Amaral (Dunlap, Toronto)


  • Dan Stinebring (Oberlin College, Oberlin)
  • Barney Rickett (U California, San Diego)
  • James Cordes (Cornell, Ithaca)
  • Ue-Li Pen (CITA, Toronto)
  • Marten H. van Kerkwijk (U Toronto)
  • Jean-Pierre Macquart (Curtin, Perth)
  • Franz Kirsten (Chalmers, Onsala)
  • Keith Vanderlinde (Dunlap Institute, Toronto)
  • Robert Main (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Olaf Wucknitz (MPIfR, Bonn) (remote presentation)
  • Viswesh Marthi (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Stella Koch Ocker (Oberlin College, Oberlin)
  • Artem Tuntsov (Manly Astrophysics, Australia)
  • Dana Simard (CITA/Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Lars Künkel (U. Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Dongzi Li (CITA, Toronto)
  • Rene Breton (U Manchester)
  • Michael Johnson (CfA, Harvard)
  • Norbert Bartel (York University, Toronto)
  • Cherry Ng (Dunlap Institute, Toronto)
  • Alexey Rudnitskiy (Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow)
  • Vladimir Soglasnov (Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow)
  • Nikhil Mahajan (U Toronto)
  • Fang Xi Lin (CITA, Toronto)
  • Daniel Baker (CITA, Toronto)
  • Elliott Polzin (U Manchester)
  • Adam Jussila (Oberlin College)
  • Shana Li (Oberlin College)
  • Ben Gillen (Oberlin College)
  • Stefan Oslowski (Swinburne, Melbourne)
  • Matthew Kerr (CSIRO, Sydney)
  • Jason Dexter (Max Planck, Heidelberg)
  • Ariel Amaral (Dunlap, Toronto)
  • Rebecca Lin (Dunlap, Toronto)
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