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Fast Radio Bursts: The Story So Far

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Duncan Lorimer

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of West Virginia
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Fast radio bursts are anomalously dispersed millisecond-duration pulses of unknown origin that were discovered by pulsar astronomers in 2007. Almost a decade on from the discovery, with only a dozen examples currently known, fast radio bursts remain enigmatic sources which parallel the early days of gamma-ray burst astronomy in the early 1970s. I will describe the science opportunities these phenomena present, and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented in their discovery.