The Astronomical Society of Glasgow's next public lecture for the 2018 - 2019 session will be Thursday 18th October, when Dr Rene Breton, Director of Research at the University of Manchester's School of Physics and Astronomy, and Reader in Astrophysics at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, will be presenting "Einstein's Relativity: Tested to the Limit with Pulsars".
|Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published in 1915. In over a century it has not failed a single time despite hundreds of tests and experiments. One of the most extreme environments in which to benchmark Relativity and possible alternative theories of gravity is around pulsars (after black holes, the densest objects in the Universe). In this talk, I will discuss the formidable achievements of the last 50 years in using pulsars to test Einstein's theory and describe some of the strange behaviours of space and time when submitted to extreme gravity. I will also highlight future prospects of detecting gravitational waves with pulsars.|
Rene Breton received his PhD in Physics from McGill University, Canada, in 2009. He is a Reader at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester and he currently holds a prestigious European Research Council Starter Grant. His main research interests revolve around the study of pulsars, which he uses to attempt to understand matter under extreme density, gravity and magnetic fields. Some of his past work enabled us to test 'geodetic spin precession' - a phenomenon predicted to exist in General Relativity - for the first time in the strong gravity environment. Rene also has a keen interest for science communication. He co-funded Pulsar Hunters, a citizen science project seeking help from volunteers to find new pulsars.
This lecture will be held in Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University. Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift (turning left) and take the 2nd (furthest away) set of steps, and go through the double glass doors. Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor. The lectures start promptly at 7:30pm.