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Thankful Cromartie

Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow


She received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia.  Her research focuses on the study of fundamental physics using a class of exotic,rapidly rotating neutron stars called millisecond pulsars (MSPs). She is a full member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) collaboration, which uses MSPs in the attempt to detect low-frequency gravitational waves from supermassive black holes. In addition to NANOGrav-related work, she uses a relativistic effect called Shapiro delay to precisely measure MSP masses in order to improve our understanding of the physics at play in their ultra-dense interiors. During her time in graduate school, she observed for more than 300 hours using radio telescopes at the Green Bank and Arecibo observatories. 


  • Astronomy