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Victoria M. Kaspi

Chaire Lorne Trottier en astrophysique et cosmologie
Physics Department
McGill University
Ernest Rutherford Physics Building
3600 University Street
Montréal, QC
Canada   H3A 2T8
Phone : 514-398-6412
Fax : 514-398-3733
Email: vkaspi@physics.mcgill.ca
Web: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~vkaspi/

Research field : Pulsars.

Description of the research project:
Victoria Kaspi's research centres on neutron stars: ultradense, rapidly rotating stars that are close cousins of black holes. Her research goals are to constrain fundamental physics by observing neutron stars, as their extreme physical properties are very interesting, yet cannot be simulated in a laboratory. To this end, she observes neutron stars using the largest and most powerful radio and X-ray telescopes in the world. Among the specific questions she hopes to answer are how neutron stars are formed, how fast they can rotate, what are they made of, and what sort of magnetic fields can they harbour. These questions ultimately constrain fundamental issues such as the equation of state of dense matter, and the physics of supernova explosions, the source of the matter out of which we are made. She also uses binary pulsars to study a variety of topics ranging from theories of gravity to binary evolution to stellar structure.

List of graduate students :
Mohit Bhardwaj (Ph.D.), Alice Curtin (M.Sc.), Alexander Josephy (Ph.D.), Adam Lanman (postdoc), Marcus Merryfield (Ph.D.), Aaron Pearlman (postdoc), Ziggy Pleunis (postdoc), Masoud Rafiei-Ravandi (postdoc), Ketan Sand (Ph.D.), Vishwangi Shah (M.Sc.), Chia Min Tan (postdoc), Qing Hao Xu (M.Sc.)

Recipient of the following awards:

    2017-01: Compagnon de l'Ordre du Canada
    2016-02: Gerhard Herzberg Award, CRSNG
    2015-01: Killam Prize, Conseil des arts du Canada
    2015-01: Election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
    2013-05: Prix Peter G. Martin, CASCA
    2013-02: Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la Reine Elizabeth II, Bureau du Gouverneur Général du Canada
    2011-01 to 2013-12: John-C.-Polanyi Award, CRSNG
    2010-09 to 2012-08: Killam Research Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts
    2010-01: Fellow, Royal Society of London
    2010-01: Elected member, National Academy of Sciences
    2010-01: Prix Marie-Victorin, Gouvernement du Québec
    2009-01: Femme de parole, Magazine Châtelaine
    2009-01: Sackler Prize, Harvard University
    2008-01: Fellow, Société royale du Canada
    2007-11: Prix Urgel-Archambault, Acfas
    2007-09 to 2011-08: R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow, CIfAR
    2007-01: Rutherford Medal in Physics, Société royale du Canada
    2006-09 to 2013-12: Chaire de recherche du Canada en astrophysique d'observation
    2006-09 to 2012-08: Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology
    2006-01: Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences, CRSNG
    2005-01 to 2005-12: Salpeter Lectureship, Cornell University
    2004-01: Herzberg Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists
    2004-01 to 2005-12: Steacie Fellow, CRSNG
    2002-09 to 2006-08: CIfAR Fellow
    2002-01 to 2002-12: Young Explorer Prize, CIfAR
    1998-12 to 1999-12: Annie Jump Cannon Prize, AAS
    1998-09 to 2000-08: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

Public outreach activities :

    • 2014-04-24 : Inflation, the Big Bang, and Gravitational Waves: A Panel Discussion on the Results of the BICEP2 Telescope with Profs. Brandenberger, Dobbs and Kaspi (Rutherford Physics Building at McGill University. 3600 rue University)
    • 2012-07-19 : The Cosmic X-ray Sky (Rutherford Physics Building (Room 112), McGill University
Presentation en anglais
    • 2010-10-28 : The Cosmic Gift of Neutron Stars (Oscar Peterson Concert Hall Concordia University 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal )
    • 2009-03-18 : Les clubs de la couronne Nord (Rosemère): La Diversité dans les Étoiles à Neutrons

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