FRB Newsletter Volume 03, Issue 02 — February 2022

Total FRB count: 614 (1 new)
Repeaters: 24 (0 new)
Host galaxies: 20 (0 new)

From the Editors

Welcome to another issue of the FRB Community Newsletter. It's a short month, but the issue is still packed with new results from the trenches! We hope you find it useful. Meanwhile, last month we asked you, our readers, to take a 3-question survey to refine our demographics. Many of you have responded already - thank you! If you haven't yet, could you please take a few seconds to help us out? Please click here, and thanks again. This survey will close in mid-March.

General News

In response to queries about the number of FRBs we report vs those listed by the Transient Name Server (TNS): here is a bookmarkable link to extract all FRBs known to the TNS.

Papers of Interest

Observational Results
  • The FRB 20121102A November Rain in 2018 Observed with the Arecibo Telescope; Jahns et al., arXiv: 2202.05705
  • A Fast Radio burst with Sub-Millisecond Quasi-Periodic Structure; Pastor-Marazuela et al., arXiv: 2202.08002
  • Frequency Dependent Polarization of Repeating Fast Radio Bursts -- Implications for Their Origin; Yi Feng et al., arXiv: 2202.09601
  • FRB 121102: Drastic Changes in the Burst Polarization Contrasts with the Stability of the Persistent Emission; Plavin et al., arXiv: 2202.10519
  • A Parkes "Murriyang" Search for Pulsars and Transients in the Large Magellanic Cloud; Hisano et al., arXiv: 2202.11054
  • A Highly Variable Magnetized Environment in a Fast Radio Burst Source; Anna-Thomas et al., arXiv: 2202.11112
Theory and Modeling
  • Solar Radio-Frequency Reflectivity and Localization of FRB from Solar Reflection; Wang & Katz, arXiv: 2201.10078
  • Gertsenshtein-Zel'dovich Effect Explains the Origin of Fast Radio Bursts; Kushwaha, Malik & Shankaranarayanan, arXiv: 2202.00032
  • Can a Single Population Account for the Discriminant Properties in Fast Radio Bursts?; Shu-Qing Zhong et al., arXiv: 2202.04422
  • Circular Polarisation of Fast Radio Bursts in the Curvature Radiation Scenario; H. Tong, H. G. Wang, arXiv: 2202.05475
  • Temporal Scattering, Depolarization, and Persistent Radio Emission from Magnetized Inhomogeneous Environments Near Repeating Fast Radio Burst Sources; Yuan-Pei Yang et al., arXiv: 2202.09602
  • A Path to Precision Cosmology: Synergy Between Four Promising Late-Universe Cosmological Probes; Peng-Ju Wu et al., arXiv: 2202.09726
  • Model-Independent Classification of Events from the First CHIME/FRB Fast Radio Burst Catalog; Chaikova, Kostunin & Popov, arXiv: 2202.10076
Algorithms and Instrumentation
  • PRECISE Localizations of Repeating Fast Radio Bursts; Marcote et al., arXiv: 2202.11644
Magnetars and other relevant results
  • INTEGRAL Contributions to Magnetars and Multimessenger Astrophysics; Mereghetti, arXiv: 2201.12310
  • Stellar Graveyards: Clustering of Compact Objects in Globular Clusters NGC 3201 and NGC 6397; Vitral et al., arXiv: 2202.01599

    "This opens possibilities to understand a vast range of interesting astrophysical phenomena in clusters, such as fast radio bursts, compact object mergers, and gravitational waves."

  • Long Term Radio and X-ray Evolution of the Magnetar Swift J1818.0-1607; Rajwade et al., arXiv: 2202.07548
  • Magnetar XTE J1810-197: Spectro-Temporal Evolution of Average Radio Emission; Maan et al., arXiv: 2201.13006
  • A Radio Transient with Unusually Slow Periodic Emission; Hurley-Walker et al., Nature DOI: s41586-021-04272-x
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • Bright bursts were reported from FRB 20201124A from both the Westerbork RT-1 25m telescope (ATel 15190, 15192) and the Apertif system on the full Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope array (ATel 15197).
Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

Timing and Imaging of compact sources with SKA pathfinders: 6 - 12 June 2022 in Kerastari, Greece. Pre-registration is now open at the conference website.

FRB 2022: The Dawn Of Cosmology & Multi-Messenger Studies With Fast Radio Bursts: FRB 2022 will take place as part of the IAU General Assembly, 2 - 4 August, 2022 in Busan, South Korea. Abstract submission is now open at the conference website.

Relevant Job Listings

-- Tenure track assistant professor in multi-messenger and time-domain astrophysics at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Qualified FRB researchers are invited to apply. Contact Bing Zhang and see the AAS Job Register.

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