I'm a PhD student at Leiden Observatory, part of the University
of Leiden. Supervised by Yuri Levin, my research focuses mainly
on Pulsar Timing Arrays (PTAs) and general Bayesian data
analysis. Before my PhD research I graduated in Theoretical
Physics at Lorentz Institute, University of Leiden.
Though predicted by Einstein about 100 years ago,
gravitational-waves still have not been directly
detected. Long term precise timing of millisecond
pulsars could provide a way of measuring ultra-long period
gravitational waves of astrophysical origin. Many pulsar
observing projects have been initiated around the globe
specifically for this purpose: the so-called Pulsar Timing
Arrays (PTAs). My PhD project is centered about the data
analysis of these PTAs; more specifically, the development of
a Bayesian data analysis algorithm for PTAs.
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