This conference marked the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar. It also took place exactly 10 years after the previous Aspen Winter conference on radio pulsars ("Millisecond Pulsars: A Decade of Surprise"). Many significant advances have occurred in this field during the past decade, including the introduction of fundamentally new theoretical paradigms for the formation and evolution of compact objects in binaries as well as countless discoveries by radio astronomers of new binary and millisecond pulsar systems that have challenged many accepted models. Some of the main topics that were discussed at this meeting included new observations of binary radio pulsars in the field and in globular clusters (especially the new double pulsar system J0737-3039A and B), neutron star formation and evolution in binaries, relativistic binaries and gravitational waves, 'black widow' and isolated millisecond pulsars, planets around neutron stars, physics of accretion onto neutron stars and pulsar recycling, and related studies of neutron star X-ray binaries including millisecond X-ray pulsars and ultracompact systems.




ORGANIZERS:

Fred Rasio
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-3419
Fax: 847-467-6857
email: rasio@northwestern.edu
Ingrid Stairs
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Canada
Phone: 604-822-6796
Fax: 604-822-5324
email: stairs@astro.ubc.ca
Steve Thorsett
Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 831-459-5170
Fax: 831-459-5265
email: thorsett@ucolick.org



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