Nipuni Palliyaguru

Radio Astronomer, Arecibo Observatory

Dr. Nipuni Palliyaguru is a radio astronomer based at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Her research interests are in radio transients that include pulsars and fast radio bursts. She uses the 305-m Arecibo telescope to search for radio signals from these exotic objects.
Dr. Palliyaguru received her PhD from West Virginia University where she was supervised by Prof. Maura McLaughlin. Her thesis research focused on interstellar medium effects in pulsar timing and rotating radio transients.

Prior to joining the Arecibo Observatory, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Texas Tech University where she worked on explosive transients and electromagnetic follow-up of triggers from The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). She is a member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) that aims to detect low-frequency gravitational waves using pulsar timing.


Fast Radio Bursts
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 9:45 am
This session will discuss fast radio burst observations across several NSF facilities, with particular focus on the observations of FRB 121102 using the Arecibo Observatory.

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