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Scott Ransom


  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe




Astronomer Scott Ransom works on a wide variety of projects that involve finding, timing and exploiting pulsars of various types, using data from many different instruments and at energies from radio waves to gamma-rays.

His main focus is searching for exotic pulsar systems such as millisecond pulsars and binaries. Once these pulsars are identified, he uses them as tools to probe a variety of basic physics, including tests of general relativity; the emission of gravitational waves (and hopefully soon their direct detection, as part of the NANOGrav collaboration); and the physics of matter at supra-nuclear densities. Much of his time is spent working on the state-of-the-art signal-processing instrumentation, high-performance computing and software that pulsar astronomy requires.


  • Research Professor, Astronomy Department, University of Virginia
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • All Souls College Visiting Fellow, Oxford University
  • AAS Helen B. Warner Prize
  • Bart J. Bok Prize

Relevant Publications

  • Pallanca, C. et al. “Radio Timing and Optical Photometry of the Black Widow System PSR J1518+0204C in the Globular Cluster M5.” Astrophys. J 795 (2014).

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