Particle Astrophysics Seminar: Fast Radio Bursts with the CHIME Telescope

  • May 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
  • Curia II - WH 2W

Speaker: Kendrick Smith, Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics
Abstract: CHIME is a new interferometric telescope at radio frequencies 400-800 MHz. The mapping speed (or total statistical power) of CHIME is among the largest of any radio telescope in the world, and the technology powering CHIME could be used to build telescopes which are orders of magnitude more powerful. Recently during pre-commissioning, CHIME started finding new fast radio bursts (FRB’s) at an unprecedented rate, including a new repeating FRB. Understanding the origin of fast radio bursts is a central unsolved problem in astrophysics, and we anticipate that CHIME’s statistical power will play an important role in solving it. In this talk, I’ll give a status update on CHIME, with emphasis on FRB’s.