A Synoptic View of Fast Radio Bursts with CHIME


Monday September 18, 2023
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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Kiyoshi Masui
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research


For more than a decade, enigmatic extragalactic flashes called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have defied a definitive explanation for their origin. In addition, the unique properties of FRBs make them promising probes of both cosmology and the distribution of gas on intergalactic scales. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is the only radio telescope capable of instantaneously observing hundreds of square degrees with the sensitivity of a 100-meter scale aperture. As a result, its transient search instrument, CHIME/FRB, has detected thousands of FRBs, increasing the known sample by an order of magnitude. I will give an overview of CHIME/FRB's most recent results, where observations of particular sources and statistical analyses of the FRB population are starting to reveal the nature of this mysterious phenomenon. I will then describe an effort to augment CHIME/FRB's capabilities by adding Outrigger telescopes, which will be located across North America and will precisely localize FRB sources using very long baseline interferometry. The resulting large sample of localized FRBs will allow for detailed measurements of the large-scale distribution of baryons in the universe, providing precise constraints on feedback processes in galaxy evolution.

Timbits, coffee, tea will be served in STI B before the colloquium.

Dr. Masui will be available to meet with graduate students and postdocs (12-1pm on Monday) and undergraduate students (12-1 on Tuesday) with lunch for up to 20 people each day.  Stirling 201.


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