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Radio Astronomy Seminar: Vicky Kaspi: Fast Radio Bursts

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

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

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

Contact: Yas Shemirani  

Group: Physics and Astronomy Radio Astronomy Seminars

Category: Academic


Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are a newly discovered astrophysical phenomenon consisting of short (few ms) bursts of radio waves. FRBs occur roughly 1000 times per sky per day. From their dispersion measures, these events are clearly extragalactic and possibly generally at cosmological distances. One FRB is known to repeat and indeed has been localized to a dwarf galaxy at redshift 0.2. Nevertheless, the origin of FRBs, whether repeating or not, is presently unknown. In this talk I will review FRB properties as well as highlight efforts to find FRBs, including a new Canadian radio telescope, CHIME, that is currently making major progress on the FRB problem.

Vicky Kaspi, McGill University


Host: Zadeh


Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Radio Astronomy

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