Data Centre for Astrophysics
Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva
ISDC Seminar

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 14:00

Manisha Caleb
University of Manchester

The fast radio burst phenomenon

Abstract. Radio astronomy is currently exploring an intriguing new phase space that probes the dynamic Universe on timescales of milliseconds. Recent development of sensitive, high time resolution instruments over the last decade has enabled the discovery of millisecond duration fast radio bursts (FRBs). The FRB class encompasses a number of single pulses, each unique in its own way, hindering a consensus for their origin. The key to demystifying FRBs lies in discovering many of them in realtime in order to identity commonalities. Despite rigorous follow-up of the ~80 published FRBs only two have been seen to repeat suggesting the possibility of there being two independent classes. In my talk I will discuss the recent developments in the field, some of the open questions in FRB astronomy and how the next generation telescopes are vital in the quest to understand this enigmatic population.

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