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Parkes observations for project P871 semester 2016APRS
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are bright, millisecond-duration radio pulses hypothesized to originate at cosmological distances. To date, no counterpart sources have been associated with FRBs and their origins remain a puzzling mystery. Some have proposed FRBs come from Crab-like pulsar giant pulses or rare bursts from main sequence flare stars in our G... morealaxy. Both mechanisms would generate observable subsequent FRB-like events. In this proposal we directly test this hypothesis by conducting observations of three known FRBs in a very sensitive observing mode. With these observations we will set strict limits on any repetition from these sources. less
Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified
01 Apr 2016
30 Sep 2016
interstellar medium in and around the Milky Way
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Petroff, Emily; Possenti, Andrea; Johnston, S; Kramer, Michael; Bailes, Matthew; Burke-Spolaor, Sarah; van Straten, Willem; Keane, Evan; Champion, David; Jameson, Andrew; Ng, Cherry; Barr, Ewan; Flynn, Chris; Caleb, Manisha (2016): Parkes observations for project P871 semester 2016APRS. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
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Australia Telescope National Facility
P871 - A follow-up campaign for fast radio bursts
Within the last few years a brand new type of radio source called a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) was discovered using the Parkes Telescope. FRBs are bright, short radio pulses that appear to only flash once, and only a dozen FRB sources have ever been detected. It is estimated that over 10,000 FRB events are occurring over the whole sky every day! The so... moreurce of FRBs is still a mystery. While some suspect they are cataclysmic events like supernovae in other galaxies, others have proposed that they are giant bursts of emission from flare stars or pulsars. We are in the process of re-observing the locations of known fast radio bursts to search for any repeated pulses to test these predictions. The field of FRB science is still very new, and information on whether FRBs repeat, and how often, is critical to our understanding of these fascinating sources. less
Willem van Straten