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The Cagliari Pulsar Group


The Cagliari pulsar group is part of the Cagliari Astronomical Observatory. We study many aspects of pulsar astronomy including pulsar timing, the origin and evolution of pulsars, pulsar emission properties and mechanisms and the connection between radio pulsars and other neutron stars.

In the last decade we have been heavily involved in searches for pulsars using the Parkes radio telescope: using the 21cm multibeam receiver, the PM survey has more than doubled the number of known pulsars; in the PH survey we found the first double pulsar system J0737-3039A/B (Burgay et al. 2003, Nature; Lyne et al. 2004, Science).

Major collaborations involve the Jodrell Bank pulsar group in Manchester (England), the Max Planck pulsar group in Bonn (Germany), the ATNF pulsar group, in Sydney (Australia) and the Swinburne pulsar group, in Melbourne (Australia). We are also part of the European Pulsar Timing Array collaboration.

Latest Major Results


'Jekyll and Hyde' star morphs from Radio to X-ray Pulsar

Fast Radio Burst at Cosmological Distances

A planet made of diamond

The Magnetar in Pulsar's Clothing

AGILE detects the Vela Pulsar Wind Nebula in Gamma-rays

Relativistic Spin Precession confirms Einstein's theory

Einstein at least 99.95% right!

Discovery of a new class of neutron stars

Our group has been awarded with the 2005 Descartes Prize

We're on top of the citation index!

Double pulsar tests Einstein

The first Double Pulsar

Discovery of PSR J0737-3039

A newly born millisecond pulsar


Latest Projects  

We are now undertaking the deepest search for rapidly spinning pulsars ever, the Parkes High Time Resolution Universe survey. It will also open a new era in investigating the transient radio cosmos.


Last Updated: 25-08-2011