Fast Radio Bursts: Lessons in Deduction

Speaker: 
Sarah Burke Spolaor (Caltech)
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2015-11-16 15:30 - 16:30
Location: 
Hennings 318
Local Contact: 
Jaymie Matthews
Intended Audience: 
Graduate
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-duration radio signals shrouded in mystery and a deficit of informative data. Still, FRB science has been building rapidly since their first discovery in 2007. Until recently, only circumstantial evidence allowed statements on what progenitors FRBs might arise from, and whether they are local, Galactic, or extragalactic. We are now detecting FRB events in real-time, and have the capability to detect FRBs with radio interferometers. This has opened up the possibility to understand their origins through arcsecond localization, polarization measurements, and through the identification of multi-wavelength counterparts. I will describe what we know about FRBs, and the ongoing hunt for their enigmatic origins.
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