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First interferometric detections of Fast Radio Bursts

  • M. Caleb (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), C. Flynn (a2) (a3), M. Bailes (a2) (a3), E. D. Barr (a2) (a3) (a5), T. Bateman (a6), S. Bhandari (a2) (a3), D. Campbell-Wilson (a6), W. Farah (a2), A. J. Green (a3) (a6), R. W. Hunstead (a6), A. Jameson (a2) (a3), F. Jankowski (a2) (a3), E. F. Keane (a7), A. Parthasarathy (a2) (a3), V. Ravi (a2) (a3) (a8), P. A. Rosado (a2) (a9), W. van Straten (a2) (a10) and V. Venkatraman Krishnan (a2) (a3)...


The class of radio transients called Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) encompasses enigmatic single pulses, each unique in its own way, hindering a consensus for their origin. The key to demystifying FRBs lies in discovering many of them in order to identity commonalities – and in real time, in order to find potential counterparts at other wavelengths. The recently upgraded UTMOST in Australia, is undergoing a backend transformation to rise as a fast transient detection machine. The first interferometric detections of FRBs with UTMOST, place their origin beyond the near-field region of the telescope thus ruling out local sources of interference as a possible origin. We have localised these bursts to much better than the ones discovered at the Parkes radio telescope and have plans to upgrade UTMOST to be capable of much better localisation still.



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Caleb, M., Flynn, C., Bailes, M., et al. 2017, MNRAS, 468, 3746
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
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