Date(s) - 30/03/2022
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 3:30 PM
Title: Fast radio bursts in 2022: State of the field and big open questions
Fast radio bursts (FRBs), bright millisecond duration radio transients, are quickly becoming a subject of intense interest in time-domain and high energy astrophysics. FRBs have the exciting potential to be used as cosmological probes of both matter and fundamental parameters, but such studies require large populations. Advances in FRB detection using powerful new telescopes like the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) have enabled the growth of the population in the past few years from a few dozen to hundreds, with many surprises in the increasing FRB sample. Real-time discovery and follow-up, and new studies of the FRB population will provide us with some of the greatest insights in the coming years. In this talk I will provide a review of the FRB field from an observational and theoretical perspective. I will also discuss the most promising new developments in this field towards understanding the origins of these still-mysterious sources.
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Host: Dr. Ralph Pudritz