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Feb
27
Tue 4:00 PM

Duncan Lorimer: Fast Radio Bursts -- Nature's Latest Cosmic Mystery

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   847.491.3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy Astrophysics Seminars

Category: Academic

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Title: Fast Radio Bursts -- Nature's Latest Cosmic Mystery

Speaker: Duncan Lorimer,  West Virginia University

Host: Deanne Coppejans

Abstract: Fast Radio Bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of unknown origin that were discovered by pulsar astronomers in 2007. A decade on from the discovery, with only 20 further bursts currently known, fast radio bursts remain enigmatic sources which parallel the early days of gamma-ray burst astronomy in the early 1970s. I will tell the story of their discovery, summarize what we know about them so far, describe the science opportunities these bursts present, and make predictions for what we will learn in the next decade.

Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics

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