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Special Time - Fast Radio Bursts as Probes of the Intergalactic Medium

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA 10th Floor - Sunrise Room

Speaker Name(s): 

Katie Mack

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Melbourne
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysics Lunch Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are a new and intriguing transient radio phenomenon, believed to be extragalactic in origin. These short, intense bursts are dispersed in frequency by the ionized interstellar and intergalactic medium, making them ideal probes of the ionization state of the gas along the line of sight. In this talk, I will discuss new discoveries about FRBs and how we might use them to study the epoch of helium reionization at redshifts between 3 and 4.