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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.


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.



R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow Cosmology & Gravity


McGill UniversityDepartment of Physics


PhD (Physics) Princeton University



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