Testing General Relativity with Black Hole-Pulsar Binaries

Here is my upcoming paper describing tests of general relativity using black hole-pulsar binaries if one is found with next generation telescopes.

You can view the paper at 1808.00080.

The abstract is as follows:

Binary pulsars allow us to carry out precision tests of gravity and have placed stringent bounds on a broad class of theories beyond general relativity. Current and future radio telescopes, such as FAST, SKA, and MeerKAT, may find a new astrophysical system, a pulsar orbiting around a black hole, which will provide us a new source for probing gravity. In this paper, we systematically study the prospects of testing general relativity with such black hole-pulsar binaries. We begin by finding a mapping between generic non-Einsteinian parameters in the orbital decay rate and theoretical constants in various modified theories of gravity and then summarize this mapping with a ready-to-use list. Theories we study here include scalar-tensor theories, varying G theories, massive gravity theories, generic screening gravity and quadratic curvature-corrected theories. We next use simulated measurement accuracy of the orbital decay rate for black hole-pulsar binaries with FAST/SKA and derive projected upper bounds on the above generic non-Einsteinian parameters. We find that such bounds from black hole-pulsars can be stronger than those from neutron star-pulsar and neutron star-white dwarf binaries by a few orders of magnitude when the correction enters at negative post-Newtonian orders. By mapping such bounds on generic parameters to those on various modified theories of gravity, we find that one can constrain the amount of time variation in Newton’s constant G to be comparable to or slightly weaker than than the current strongest bound from solar system experiments, though the former bounds are complementary to the latter since they probe different regime of gravity. We also study how well one can probe quadratic gravity from black hole quadrupole moment measurements of black hole-pulsars. We find that bounds on the parity-violating sector of quadratic gravity can be stronger than current bounds by six orders of magnitude. These results suggest that a new discovery of black hole-pulsars in the future will provide powerful ways to probe gravity further.

2018

Sigma Pi Sigma Presentation

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I gave a presentation to a conference organized at Sigma Pi Sigma at University of Virginia.

Gravity Group Presentation

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I gave an hour long presentation to the gravity research group at University of Virginia. It specializes on content from my upcoming paper.

College Science Scholar Presentation

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I had the pleasure of presenting my research to a group of first year students who are interested in scientific research. I gave an introduction to my resear...

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2017

LIGO SURF Final Report

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I spent the 2017 summer working with Marie Kasprazack, Arnaud Pele, and Adam Mullavey at LIGO Livingston through the Caltech SURF Program. I examined nonline...

LIGO SURF Final Presentation

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I presented the results of my research at LIGO from the summer of 2017 at Caltech for the SURF final presentation.

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2000

Hello!

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I made this website on 10/21/2018 (though I have retroactively added some materials). I look forward to adding to it in the future!

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