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Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics - Lecture 14

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Lecture 14 - Pulsars

Professor Bailyn begins with a summary of the four post-Newtonian effects of general relativity that were introduced and explained last time: precession of the perihelion, the deflection of light, the gravitational redshift, and gravitational waves. The concept of gravitational lensing is discussed as predicted by Einstein's general relativity theory. The formation of a gravitational lens can be observed when light from a bright distant source bends around a massive object between the source (such as a quasar) and the observer. Professor Bailyn then offers a slideshow of gravitational lenses. The issue of finding suitable astronomical objects that lend the opportunity to observe post-Newtonian relativistic effects is addressed. The lecture ends with Jocelyn Bell and the discovery of pulsars.

Prof. Charles Bailyn
ASTR 160 - Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics, Spring 2007
(Yale University: Open Yale)
Date accessed: 2009-05-12
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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1. Problem Set 5
2. Problem Set 5 Solutions
3. The Discovery of the Binary Pulsar
"The Discovery of the Binary Pulsar"
Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1993
by Russell A. Hulse
Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ



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