Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)
The Fast Radio Bursts project is concentrating on the large-scale discovery, theory and follow-up of FRBs, currently with the Parkes radio telescope, soon with the Murchison Wide-Field Array (MWA) and then with the Molonglo radio telescope.
The Dynamic Radio Universe Theme is split between phenomena that occur on sub-second timescales and require the process of dedispersion to detect them, and those in which the timescale is many minutes to hours/days. In CAASTRO these are referred to as “fast” and “slow” transients respectively.
In the fast transients project we have further sub-divided the field into sources that arise from neutron stars and repeat, such as pulsars and RRATs (Rotating RAdio Transients) and those that appear to be coming from cosmological distances (the so-called Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs). Although the detection methodologies for RRATs and FRBs are largely identical, and the programmes involved in discovering them are commensurate, their science goals are completely different.
|CAASTRO Researchers in this Project|
|Professor Matthew Bailes (Project Leader)|