FRB Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 06 — June 2021

Total FRB count: 607 (460 new)
Repeaters: 24 (0 new)
Host galaxies: 15 (1 new)

From the editors:

This month saw the release of the long-anticipated first CHIME/FRB catalog, including 535 bursts from 492 unique sources. The huge new collection, along with other exciting results from researchers worldwide, is sure to provoke lots of discussion at the upcoming FRB2021 conference, and we encourage all our readers to sign up for the meeting soon if they haven't already. Meanwhile, we hope our readers continue to stay safe and healthy during these difficult times.

Papers of interest

Host Galaxies and Localizations
  • The host galaxy and persistent radio counterpart of FRB 20201124A; Ravi et al., arXiv: 2106.09710
Observational Results
  • The First CHIME/FRB Fast Radio Burst Catalog; The CHIME/FRB Collaboration et al., arXiv: 2106.04352
  • No Evidence for Galactic Latitude Dependence of the Fast Radio Burst Sky Distribution; Josephy et al., arXiv: 2106.04353
  • CHIME/FRB Catalog 1 Results: Statistical Cross-Correlations with Large-Scale Structure; Rafiei-Ravandi et al., arXiv: 2106.04354
  • Fast Radio Burst Morphology in the First CHIME/FRB Catalog; Pleunis et al., arXiv: 2106.04356
  • Narrow-Banded Giant Pulses from the Crab Pulsar; Parasar Thulasiram, Hsiu-Hsien Lin, arXiv: 2105.13316
  • An Arecibo 327 MHz Search for Radio Pulsars and Bursts in the Dwarf Irregular Galaxies Leo A and T; Crawford & Hayashi, arXiv: 2106.09134
Theory and Modeling
  • Binary Comb Models for FRB 121102; Tomoki Wada, Kunihito Ioka, Bing Zhang, arXiv: 2105.14480
  • Do the Periodic Activities of Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Represent the Spins of Neutron Stars? Kun Xu et al., arXiv: 2105.13122
  • The Haplogroupes of Magnetized Compact Stars; Lipunov, Grinshpun, Vlasenko, arXiv: 2106.02402
  • When Outliers Are Different; Katz, arXiv: 2106.05212
  • A FRB in a Globular Cluster: Why This Neutron Star is Different From (Almost) All Other Neutron Stars; Katz, arXiv: 2106.06066
  • EAGLE-Auriga: Effects of Different Subgrid Models on the Baryon Cycle around Milky Way-mass Galaxies; Kelley et al., arXiv: 2106.08618

    "Our results suggest that both quasar absorption lines and fast radio burst dispersion measures could constrain these two regimes with future observations."

  • Fast Afterglows of Fast Radio Bursts; Gruzinov, arXiv: 2106.09540
  • High-frequency Radio Synchrotron Maser Emission from Relativistic Shocks; Khangulyan, Barkov & Popov, arXiv: 2106.09858
SGR 1935+2154 and other relevant magnetar results
  • Searching for Radio Pulsation from SGR 1935+2154 with the Parkes Ultra-Wideband Low Receiver; Zhenfan Tang et al., arXiv: 2106.04821
Algorithms and Instrumentation
  • Detecting Pulsars with Neural Networks: A Proof of Concept; Künkel, Thomas & Verbiest, arXiv: 2106.04407
  • High Cadence Optical Transient Searches using Drift Scan Imaging III: Development of an Inexpensive Drive Control System and Characterisation and Correction of Drive System Periodic Errors; Tingay, arXiv: 2106.09406
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) observed the field of the repeating FRB 20200120E in M81 on 433 distinct nights in g- and r-bands, for a total of 1190 exposures of 30 sec each. No high-significance (> 5 sigma) source was detected in individual images, and upper limits are reported on nights that the FRB was observed to repeat with CHIME (ATel 14666).
  • The newly discovered Galactic magnetar, SGR J1555.2-5402, has a detected pulsation period of 3.8611(1) s from X-ray observations by the NICER instrument (ATel 14674).
  • The newly-refurbished Allen Telescope Array has been used to detect a bright double-peaked radio burst from the repeating FRB 20201124A, with nine dishes operating at 1.5 GHz. The estimated fluences for the two components are 120 Jy-ms and 45 Jy-ms (ATel 14676).
  • FRBSTATS: A user-friendly web-based platform for the visualization of fast radio burst properties. The platform supports parameter plots for population studies, association of primary and repeat bursts, and access to the underlying data via an API as well as a CSV/JSON-parsed database. FRBSTATS is a fully open-source platform. Anyone is welcome to contribute with code, data, and ideas for improvement.
  • CHIME/FRB Catalog 1 Release: The CHIME/FRB Collaboration has released several tools for interacting with the Catalog 1 events and data.
Upcoming meetings and conferences

FRB2021: The conference FRB2021 will happen online from July 28th to August 5th (with a break in the middle; this date range is based on UT). The conference will be free of charge!
  • Please save the dates: see a PDF overview of the block programme and a zipfile of calendar appointments here.
  • Registration is available till July 16th, 2021 here.

Relevant job listings

-- Research Software Developer, CHIME/FRB, McGill University. Apply via WorkDay. Closes 24 June, 2021.

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