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C.S. Reynolds (University of Maryland, College Park)
I will survey the current state and future prospect for probing the nature of extremely strong gravitational fields near neutron stars and black holes. A variety of methods will be addressed including (1) observations of binary pulsars, (2) X-ray spectroscopy of high gravitational redshift features from neutron star surfaces and black hole accretion disks, (3) X-ray variability studies and, in particular, examinations of high-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations from X-ray binary systems, (4) direct detection of gravitational waves. The limitations of these methods and the requirements for future observatories will be discussed.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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