Illuminating the Properties of Radio Pulsars

Monday 10 June 2024, 12:30 pm
PhD candidate
M.A. van der Wateren MSc.
Promotor(s)
prof. dr. G.A. Nelemans
Co-promotor(s)
dr. C.G. Bassa, dr. G. Janssen
Location
Aula

Radio pulsars are some of the most intriguing objects in the universe. They are extremely small and compact, only the size of a city with a mass greater than the sun. They are often called the 'lighthouses of the universe' because they sweep beacons of light through space. Their signals exhibit remarkable predictability, a feature we exploit in this thesis through a technique known as 'pulsar timing' to deepen our understanding of pulsars, the universe, and the laws of physics.

Emma van der Wateren studied Journalism in Utrecht before working as a journalist for Trouw, De Volkskrant, and NU.nl. With the aim of becoming a science journalist, she went on to study physics in Amsterdam. During her studies, she discovered her passion for astronomy and research and chose a master in astronomy. She went on to do a PhD at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy , and the Radboud University. Currently, Van der Wateren is an instrument scientist at ASTRON.