Go Back

Photo of Victoria M. Kaspi

Victoria M. Kaspi Astrophysicist

Victoria Kaspi’s research focuses on neutron stars: massive, dense celestial objects that emit bursts of radiation as they rotate and that are formed when a massive star explodes. Kaspi studies heavy-duty physics — a neutron star is so dense that one teaspoon would weigh 100 million metric tonnes. She uses the largest and most powerful radio and X-ray telescopes in the world to study the physical behaviour of neutron stars. Because these objects are the remnants of exploded stars, understanding how they behave reveals how massive stars collapse and what happens during this process. Her work sheds light on the nature of matter under extraordinary circumstances as well as on the less extreme settings here on Earth.

Awards

Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, 2016.

Companion of the Order of Canada, 2016.

Killam Prize, 2015.

Peter G. Martin Award of Canadian Astronomical Society, 2013.

Killam Research Fellowship, 2010.

Relevant Publications

S. A. Olausen and V. M. Kaspi, "The McGill Magnetar Catalog," Astrophys. J. Supp., vol. 212, pp. 6, 2014.

R. F. Archibald et al, “An Anti-Glitch in a Magnetar,” Nature, vol. 497, pp. 591–593, 2013.

V. M. Kaspi, “Grand Unification of Neutron Stars,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., vol. 107, pp. 7147-7152, 2010.

R. Breton et al, “Relativistic Spin Precession in the Double Pulsar,” Science, vol. 321, pp. 104-107, 2008.

C.A. Faucher-Giguere and V. M. Kaspi, "Birth and Evolution of Isolated Radio Pulsars," Astrophys. J. vol. 643, no. 1, pp. 332, Jan. 2006.

Connect

Appointment

R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow Cosmology & Gravity

Institution

McGill UniversityDepartment of Physics

Education

PhD (Physics) Princeton University

Country

Canada

Ideas Related to Victoria M. Kaspi

Cosmology & Gravity | News

Astronomers trace radio burst to its home galaxy

Astronomers have pinpointed the source of a series of mysterious cosmic signals to a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light...

Cosmology & Gravity

Kaspi garners top honour for neutron star research

Victoria Kaspi, the R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow in CIFAR’s Cosmology & Gravity program, has long been known for her...

Cosmology & Gravity | Announcement

Victoria Kaspi receives Herzberg medal

CIFAR R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow Victoria Kaspi’s far-reaching research on neutron stars has earned her the Natural Sciences and...

Announcement

Five CIFAR members honoured for their research achievements

Several prestigious awards announced in April recognized the outstanding contributions of CIFAR researchers to their fields of study. Two Killam...

Cosmology & Gravity

American Physical Society names eight CIFAR researchers fellows

Eight CIFAR fellows have been named fellows of the prestigious American Physical Society (APS), which publishes journals including Physical Review...

Cosmology & Gravity | News

Second telescope detects mysterious radio bursts

Researchers have once again detected a burst of radio waves that have no clear origin but seem to have travelled...