Compact Objects

The McGill compact object group studies white dwarfs, pulsars and other highly magnetized neutron stars as well as black holes. The observational pulsar group involved in several projects including: searching for radio pulsars and fast radio transients using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, in support of the NANOGrav collaboration which aims to detect gravitational radiation from distant supermassive black holes. The pulsar group also conducts X-ray observations of magnetars and high-magnetic field neutron stars using NASA's X-ray missions Swift, NuSTAR, Chandra and ESA's X-ray mission XMM-Newton, in order to understand the overall neutron star 'zoo'; and developing pulsar instrumentation and algorithms for the upcoming CHIME telescope, currently being built in Penticton, British Columbia.

The McGill Neutron Star theory group is interested in the fundamental structure of neutron stars, and how we can use observations to constrain the physical processes operating in their interiors. They investigate the origin and evolution of their spin and magnetism, their interior structure, and the properties of neutron stars in close binary systems.


Faculty Members

Kaspi, Vicky

Director of MSI, Professor of Physics
Office: MSI 203
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Cumming, Andrew

Associate Professor of Physics
Office: MSI 206
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Haggard, Daryl

Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: MSI 040
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