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50 Years of Pulsars

on Nov. 28th 1967 the first pulsar was discovered. On the ocassion of 50th anniversary of this discovery our Wednesday Colloquium on Nov. 29th 2017 (11:15 am) will be devoted to the discovery of pulsars, their theory and signivicance of pulsars research. Bryn Huskell will present lecture "50 Years of Pulsars". After lecture a small reception.


Neutron stars are the most exotic nuclear physics laboratories in the universe. With a mass similar to that of the sun, packed in a 10 km radius, their interior densities can exceed nuclear density, and constituents are expected to be superfluid and superconducting. These stars also carry some of the strongest magnetic fields in nature (more than a million times that of the Earth, even for the most weakly magnetised stars), and thus allow us to probe the fundamental forces of nature in extreme conditions. Neutron stars were first observed 50 years ago as pulsating radio sources, or 'pulsars'. In this talk I will review this discovery and what we have learned in these 50 years, including how neutron stars can be used to test general relativity, explore high density physics and even detect gravitational waves.