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Prospects for probing strong gravity with a pulsar-black hole system

Show simple item record Wex, N. Liu, K. Eatough, R. P. Kramer, M. en_US Cordes, J. M. en_US Lazio, T. J. W. en_US 2013-05-01T15:47:49Z 2013-05-01T15:47:49Z 2012-06-20
dc.identifier.citation International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly, Beijing, China, August 20-31, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-5294
dc.description.abstract The discovery of a pulsar (PSR) in orbit around a black hole (BH) is expected to provide a superb new probe of relativistic gravity and BH properties. Apart from a precise mass measurement for the BH, one could expect a clean verification of the dragging of space-time caused by the BH spin. In order to measure the quadrupole moment of the BH for testing the no-hair theorem of general relativity (GR), one has to hope for a suffi ciently massive BH. In this respect, a PSR orbiting the super-massive BH in the center of our Galaxy would be the ultimate laboratory for gravity tests with PSRs. But even for gravity theories that predict the same properties for BHs as GR, a PSR-BH system would constitute an excellent test system, due to the high grade of asymmetry in the strong field properties of these two components. Here we highlight some of the potential gravity tests that one could expect from diff erent PSR-BH systems. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject pulsars en_US
dc.subject black holes en_US
dc.subject gravity en_US
dc.title Prospects for probing strong gravity with a pulsar-black hole system en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Astronomy en_US

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