Gravitational Wave Astrophysics with Pulsar Timing Arrays

  • Chiara M. F.┬áMingarelli

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Chiara M. F. Mingarelli
    Pages 1-47
  3. Chiara M. F. Mingarelli
    Pages 105-107
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 109-119

About this book


This Ph.D. thesis from the University of Birmingham UK opens new research avenues in the use of Pulsar Timing Arrays (PTAs) to study populations of super-massive black hole binaries through gravitational-wave observations. Chiara Mingarelli's work has shown for the first time that PTAs can yield information about the non-linear dynamics of the gravitational field. This is possible because PTAs capture, at the same time, radiation from the same source emitted at stages of its binary evolution that are separated by thousands of years.  Dr. Mingarelli, who is the recipient of a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, has also been amongst the pioneers of the technique that will allow us to probe the level of anisotropy of the diffuse gravitational-wave background radiation from the whole population of super-massive black hole binaries in the Universe. Indeed, future observations will provide us with hints about the distribution of galaxies harboring massive black holes and insights into end products of hierarchical mergers of galaxies.


Anisotropic Stochastic GW Background searches CMB-like Stochastic GW Background Coordinate Frames in Astrophysics Dipole and Quadrupole Overlap Reduction functions Galaxies with Massive Black Holes Gravitational Wave Observations Hellings and Downs Curve Overlap Reduction Functions Small Pulsar Distance Variations Super-massive black hole binaries

Authors and affiliations

  • Chiara M. F.┬áMingarelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy TAPIRCalifornia Institute of Technology Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy TAPIRPASADENAUSA

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