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Prospects for Probing Strong Gravity with a Pulsar-Black Hole SystemThe 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 sufficiently 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 different PSR-BH systems.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Wex, N. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Radioastronomie Bonn, Germany)
Liu, K. (Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement Orleans, France)
Eatough, R. P. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Radioastronomie Bonn, Germany)
Kramer, M. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Radioastronomie Bonn, Germany)
Cordes, J. M. (Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Lazio, T. J. W. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 8, 2015
Publication Date
August 20, 2012
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of Neutron Stars and Pulsars: Challenges and Opportunities after 80 Years
Issue: 291
Subject Category
Meeting Information
International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly(Beijing)
Distribution Limits
black holes