Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: “Fast Radio Bursts”

Victoria Kaspi (McGill University)
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Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short (few millisecond) bursts of radio waves observed from cosmological distances.  Their origin is presently unknown, yet their rate is many hundreds per sky per day, indicating a not-uncommon phenomenon in the Universe.  In this talk, I will review the FRB field and present new results on FRBs from a new digital transit radio telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME).