2006 Supplement 2: 2005 LAKE HANAS INTERNATIONAL PULSAR SYMPOSIUM / Knight

Can Pulsars be used to Probe Quantum Gravity?

H. S. Knight

Abstract


Several radio pulsars have now been shown to emit giant pulses that align in phase with high energy emission rather than with their integrated pulse components. We investigate whether timing of giant and γ-ray pulses can be used to improve limits on the energy scale of quantum gravity by placing bounds on the energy dependence of the speed of light. We find good sources for this experiment are putative Crab-like pulsars in M31, which should in principle be detectable by the current generation of radio telescopes. However, the detection of pulsed emission from their γ-ray counterparts seems unlikely in the near future.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1009-9271/6/S2/36

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