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Rachel Thorsett

Affiliated Scholar

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Collins Science Center 311
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • Ph.D., Princeton University (1984)
  • B.A., Harvard University (1978)

Professional Interests

Much of Dr. Dewey-Thorsett's research has centered around studies of radio pulsars and the information they provide about neutron stars and the end stages of stellar evolution (for example the observable motion of radio pulsars in the Galaxy can be used to explore the characteristics of the supernova explosions in which they are created). Her work involves a variety of radio astronomy techniques including Very Long Baseline interferometry. In recent years she has become increasingly interested in science education at the secondary and post-secondary level as well as broader education policy questions.

Recent Publications

Stairs, I. H., Thorsett, S. E., Dewey, R. J., Kramer, M. and McPhee, C. A. The formation of the double pulsar PSR J0737-3039A/B, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 373, L50, (2006)

Thorsett, S. E., Dewey, R. J., and Stairs, I. H., Studies of the Relativistic Binary Pulsar PSR B1534+12. II. Origin and Evolution, Astrophysical Journal, 619, 1036, (2005)

Thorsett, S. E., and Dewey, R. J., Pulsar Timing Limits on Very Low Frequency Stochastic Gravitational Radiation, Physical Review D, 53, 2468, (1996)

Dewey, R. J., Ojeda, M. J., Gwinn, C. R., Jones, D. L. and Davis, M. M. VLBI Observations of the Millisecond Pulsar B1937+21, Astronomical Journal, 111, 315 (1996)

Dewey, R. J., Effects of Correlated Noise on Array Observations of Radio Sources, Astronomical Journal, 108, 337, (1994)

Dewey, R. J., Taylor, J. H., Maguire, C. M. and Stokes, G. H., Period Derivatives and Improved Parameters for 66 Pulsars, Astrophysical Journal, 332, 762, (1988)

Taylor, J. H. and Dewey, R. J., Improved Parameters for Four Binary Pulsars, Astrophysical Journal, 332, 770, (1988)

Dewey, R. J. and Cordes, J. M., Monte Carlo Simulations of Radio Pulsars and their Progenitors, Astrophysical Journal, 321, 780, (1987)

Willamette University

Physics Department

Collins Science Center
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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