astrolunch: Liam Connor (Caltech)

Tue, 17/11/2020 - 17:00 to 18:00

Title: Speculating on the origin and future of FRBs

Abstract: Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are subsecond-duration transients whose precise origins remain a mystery. A subset of FRBs is known to repeat; a subset of those is known to repeat in periodic activity windows. In my talk I will review the short but exciting history of these fast transients. I will also share new results from Apertif in the Netherlands on the 16-day-periodic FRB 180916 and discuss the implications on emission mechanism and progenitor environment. I will conclude by speculating on where the field is going in the 2020s, focussing on FRB applications such as gravitational lensing.

The talk can be attended via the following zoom link

Meeting ID: 899 8361 4551
Passcode: 823598