Fast Radio Bursts with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)

Science Presentation | Shivani Bhandari

Date & Time: Wednesday 15 May 2019, 12:30 | Location: Jim Stynes B


Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), exotic millisecond duration radio bursts which are now established as a bona fide astrophysical phenomena are currently the hot topic in the field of transient astronomy. The discovery of FRBs has stimulated a range of theoretical investigations to understand their origin and physics as well as observational efforts around the world to search for more such bursts. The ability to simultaneously observe a large area of the sky with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has not only ramped up the discovery of FRBs but also diversified their current population. We have recently commenced real-time searches which have enabled the localisation of FRBs better than one arcsecond, allowing us to identify the FRB host galaxies and work towards solving the mysteries of their progenitors. I will describe the recent searches and groundbreaking results of FRBs with ASKAP. There is no more exciting time to be involved in the field!

Presenting Author

Shivani Bhandari

Postdoctoral Fellow
CSIRO – Astronomy & Space Science

Completed a bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India. Worked as a visiting student at Raman Research Institute (Bangalore, India) for 1.5 years. Selected for a pre-doctoral scholarship to work at The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (UWA, Perth) for 12 weeks. Obtained a PhD in Astrophysics from the Swinburne University (Melbourne) with a thesis titled: A study of slow and fast radio transients. Currently, working at CSIRO/ATNF as a postdoctoral fellow on the fast radio bursts with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).


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