The enigma of Fast Radio Bursts

Speaker: 
Paul Scholz (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Herzberg Fellow)
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2016-12-07 15:00 - 16:15
Location: 
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Ingrid Stairs and Jaymie Matthews
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

A new phenomenon has emerged in time-domain astronomy in the past few years: the Fast Radio Burst. Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-duration radio bursts whose dispersion measures imply that they originate from far outside of the Galaxy. Their origin is as yet unknown; their durations and energetics imply that they involve compact objects, such as neutron stars or black holes. Due to the extreme luminosities implied by their distances and the previous absence of any repeat burst in follow-up observations, many potential explanations for FRBs involve one-time cataclysmic events. I will summarize the history of the field of FRB astronomy from the discovery of the first burst in 2007 to exciting recent developments in the past year. I will also provide a more detailed description of one of the recent developments: the discovery of a repeating FRB which, due to its repeating nature, cannot come from a cataclysmic event. Finally, I will review the future of FRB science and the unique contribution of the CHIME telescope at DRAO.

Website development by Checkmark Media. Designed by Armada.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel 604.822.3853
Fax 604.822.5324

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia