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Spinning neutron stars – striking the right tone

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Neutron stars have enough rotational energy and structural rigidity to be powerful and continuous emitters of gravitational radiation. Electromagnetically neutron stars reveal themselves to be stable clocks, and this may itself be the key to the first detection of gravitational waves. Here we review how gravitational radiation may be generated by neutron stars and describe some of the methods currently employed to detect this radiation directly, using the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors.

This talk is part of the Cavendish Astrophysics Seminars series.

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