Speaker: Vicky Kaspi (McGill University)
Date:  Thursday, November 30th, 2017  *** NOTE SPECIAL DAY ***
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Refreshments @ 1:30 pm)
Location:  Physical Sciences Complex Room 1136, University of Maryland, College Park


 
"Fast Radio Bursts"
 
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.  All Pay Station Parking is now located on the top floor of the garage.  Look for the green 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.