22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Rene Breton

Einstein’s Relativity: Tested to the Limit with Pulsars

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was published in 1915. In over a century it has not failed a single time despite hundreds of tests and experiments. One of the most extreme environments in which to benchmark Relativity and possible alternative theories of gravity is around pulsars (after black holes, the densest objects in the Universe). In this talk, Rene will discuss the formidable achievements of the last 40 years in using pulsars to test Einstein’s theory and describe some of the strange behaviours of space and time when submitted to extreme gravity.