Radio astronomer here! My adviser is on the CHIME collaboration which made the discovery, and this telescope is really blowing the competition out of the water in discovering FRBs. They have additionally found *hundreds* of non-repeating FRBs out there is my understanding, but those are not yet published.
The one issue CHIME has though is it has a large field of view (that’s how it’s found so many!), but the resolution is lacking so we can’t pinpoint what galaxies these repeating FRBs live in yet. Only a matter of time though; you just need to wait for follow-up from other radio telescopes. 🙂
This is way off my radar.
“emissions from young magnetars, dense star cores spinning in a magnetic field, or vibrating cosmic strings.”
Can you please explain this in simple terms for the player at home? Is it basically an infinite number of sources that emit some sort of repeating pattern? So it could be gravitational, magnetic, radio, solar, aliens or just something we don’t understand?
Any theories about what they indicate?
Ooh. Thanks for posting u/Andromeda321 . @all: I work on this project. Happy to answer questions!
Shit, I left my radio outside again last night !
Would be cooler if they were repeating patterns like 1 2 4 8 16 8 4 2 1 or something. If it was an alien, you’d think they wouldn’t want to be confused for pulsars or something.