Thursday 30 November 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Contact Susan Lehr
Location Room 1136 Physical Sciences Complex
"Fast Radio Bursts"
Speaker: Vicky Kaspi (McGill University)
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are a newly discovered astrophysical phenomenon consisting of short (few ms) bursts of radio waves. FRBs occur roughly 1000 times per sky per day. From their dispersion measures, these events are clearly extragalactic and possibly generally at
cosmological distances. One FRB is known to repeat and indeed has been localized to a dwarf galaxy at redshift 0.2. Nevertheless, the origin of FRBs, whether repeating or not, is presently unknown. In this talk I will review FRB properties as well as highlight efforts to find FRBs, including a new Canadian radio telescope, CHIME, that is predicted to make major progress on the FRB problem.
Parking: You may park in the Regents Drive Parking Garage located directly across from the Physical Sciences Complex. Visitor parking is located on the top floor. Look for the green Pay Station Parking signs and park in any numbered lot. Please use parking code 883-18425 for this event. This parking code is good for 11/30/17 only.