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Fast Radio Bursts

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  • UserBenjamin Stappers (University of Manchester)
  • ClockWednesday 10 February 2016, 14:30-15:30
  • HousePhysics West 117.

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Fast radio bursts are millisecond-duration bursts of radio emission that have been detected at radio telescopes including Parkes, Arecibo and the GBT . They exhibit large dispersion measures, which are attributed to them being located outside our Galaxy. The most distant of which are thought to be located at redshifts larger than 1. This makes them potentially very interesting cosmological probes for studying the nature of the intergalactic medium and they have potential as distance indicators if they are shown to be standard candles. The origin of these bursts is unknown but there are plenty of ideas proposed that I will discuss. There are now more than 20 bursts known and I will discuss recent results about their location, origin and nature.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Talks Series series.

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