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Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts

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Talk Abstract

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are recently-discovered pulses of radio emission arriving to us from outside of our Galaxy. Several of the world’s most sensitive radio telescopes are searching for these signals in an attempt to characterise and identify their cosmic origins. Although more than a thousand FRBs have been discovered to date, their nature is still a mystery and researchers are working hard to identify them. Neverthese, these pulses can be used as cosmic probes. Owing to their unique features, FRBs provide new cosmological information and probe our Universe in a way independent of other cosmic tracers. In my talk I will discuss the status of this field.

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Speaker Information

Dr. Anastasia Fialkov’s research interest span from dark ages to the present days including astrophysics and cosmology with the 21-cm line of neutral hydrogen, intensity mapping of other molecular and atomic lines, structure formation, nature of dark matter, transient phenomena such as Fast Radio Bursts, low frequency radio observations and instrumentation.

She obtained her B.Sc. in Physics and B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Technion, Haifa, Israel, a her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Tel Aviv University in Israel. She was a Senior Kavli Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge University, and is currently the Royal Society University Research Fellow at Sussex University.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society (CUAS) series.

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