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Parkes observations for project P879 semester 2014OCTS12
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are millisecond bursts that are broadly evidenced to arise from extragalactic, but yet unknown, progenitors. They have presented a true mystery in that so far no progenitor theory can adequately account for their observed properties. We request observations that will glean basic information on FRB progenitors. Our observati... moreons will execute a specific test of whether FRBs originate in nearby galaxies. We have also designed our target field and time request to enable a thorough exploration of optical counterparts before, during, and after any detected FRB episode. Additionally, with a number depending on the typical distance to FRBs, our observations will raise the running list of total FRB discoveries by 10-60%. less
Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified
01 Oct 2014
31 Mar 2015
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Burke-Spolaor, Sarah; Kramer, Michael; Bhat, Ramesh; Kulkarni, S. R.; Keller, Stefan; Champion, David; Flynn, Chris; Kasliwal, Mansi (2015): Parkes observations for project P879 semester 2014OCTS12. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
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P879 - Exploring the Progenitors of Fast Radio Bursts
In 2013, scientists using Parkes Telescope reported an exciting new discovery: Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs). These radio pulses only last a few millionths of a second, and appear to be coming from other galaxies, although we don't yet know what is causing these amazing bursts of radio light.
So far, Parkes has been the most efficient pioneer of FRB ... morediscovery. We are now using Parkes to test what physical object is giving rise to FRBs. We are looking at a field near the Virgo Supercluster that is over-full of nearby galaxies; if FRBs are from nearby galaxies, we should discover more than usual in this field. We are also coordinating with several telescopes around the world to look for optical light related to the event that causes the bursts. less
S. R. Kulkarni
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