FRB Newsletter Volume 02, Issue 09 — September 2021

Total FRB count: 610 (0 new)
Repeaters: 24 (0 new)
Host galaxies: 19 (1 new)

From the Editors

After the outburst of new observational results at the recent FRB2021 meeting, we bring you a slightly shorter newsletter this month. Of particular interest, however, is the reappearance of SGR 1935+2154 at high energies; we wait and hope for a Giga-Jansky radio burst! We also welcome special guest editor Jason Hessels who has helped us curate this month's list of new papers and results. As always, we hope our readers are staying safe and healthy wherever they are!

Papers of Interest

Host Galaxies and Localizations
  • A Local Universe Host for the Repeating Fast Radio Burst FRB 20181030A; Bhardwaj et al., arXiv: 2108.12122
Observational Results
  • A Sudden Period of High Activity from Repeating Fast Radio Burst 20201124A; Lanman et al., arXiv: 2109.09254
  • Hunting the Gamma-Ray Emission from Fast Radio Burst with Fermi-LAT; Principe et al., arXiv: 2109.03548
Theory and Modeling
  • Optical Transients from Fast Radio Bursts Heating Companion Stars in Close Binary Systems; Yuan-Pei Yuang, arXiv: 2108.10677
  • Probing Cosmology and Gastrophysics with Fast Radio Bursts: Cross-Correlations of Dark Matter Haloes and Cosmic Dispersion Measures; Shirasaki et al., arXiv: 2108.12205
  • Constraining the Cosmic Baryon Distribution with Fast Radio Burst Foreground Mapping; Khee-Gan Lee et al., arXiv: 2109.00386
  • Probing Gravitational Slip with Strongly Lensed Fast Radio Bursts; Abadi & Kovetz, arXiv: 2109.00403
  • Magnetic Loading of Magnetars' Flares; Lyutikov, arXiv: 2109.02524
  • Asymmetric HI 21 cm Lines of Fast Radio Burst Hosts: Connection with Galaxy Interaction; Michałowski, arXiv: 2109.02663
  • A Maximum Likelihood Estimate of the Parameters of the FRB population; Bhattacharyya et al., arXiv: 2109.06785
  • The CHIME FRB Population Do Not Track the Star Formation History of the Universe; Rachel Zhang & Bing Zhang, arXiv: 2109.07558
  • Search for Lensing Signatures from the Latest Fast Radio Burst Observations and Constraints on the Abundance of Primordial Black Holes; Huan Zhou et al., arXiv: 2109.09251
Algorithms and Instrumentation
  • First Results from the REAL-time Transient Acquisition Backend (REALTA) at the Irish LOFAR Station; Murphy et al., arXiv: 2108.11251
  • IQRM: Real-Time Adaptive RFI Masking for Radio Transient and Pulsar Searches; Morello, Rajwade & Stappers, arXiv: 2108.12434
  • Evaluating and Enhancing Candidate Clocking Systems for CHIME/FRB VLBI Outriggers; Cary et al. arXiv: 2109.05044
  • Astro-COLIBRI -- The COincidence LIBrary for Real-time Inquiry for Multimessenger Astrophysics; Reichherzer et al., arXiv: 2109.01672
Magnetars and other relevant results
  • A VLA Survey of Late-time Radio Emission from Superluminous Supernovae and the Host Galaxies; Hatsukade et al., arXiv: 2108.10445
  • Dual-Frequency Single-Pulse study of PSR B0950+08; Bilous et al., arXiv: 2109.08500

    "We further present interesting structures in the low-frequency single-pulse spectra that resemble the "sad trombones" seen in Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs); although for PSR B0950+08 the upward frequency drift is also routinely present."

  • Discovery of ASKAP J173608.2-321635 as a Highly-Polarized Transient Point Source with the Australian SKA Pathfinder; Ziteng Wang et al., arXiv: 2109.00652
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • SGR 1935+2154 has been seen again at high energies with detections reported by Fermi GBM starting 6 September 2021 (ATel 14907) and NICER on 14 September 2021 (ATel 14916) among other instruments, indicating a period of heightened activity.
Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

Science at Low Frequencies VIII: The SALF VIII conference will be held online from 6-9 December, 2021. Registration is open; abstract submission closes 6 October, 2021. See conference website.

Recent Online Talks of Interest

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