FRB Newsletter Issue 01 ⁠-- September 2019

Total FRB count: 97
Repeaters: 10

From the editors:

Welcome to the FRB community newsletter. Our goal is to select and summarize recent results relevant to FRB researchers, both observational and theoretical, as well as to provide a curated selection of other relevant scientific news items, conferences, and more. We will aim to be:
  • timely and topical,
  • brief,
  • and archival,
such that the newsletter provides a monthly snapshot summary of the state of the field for the duration of this project.

We welcome your feedback, opinions, suggestions for items to post, news tips, etc.
- Emily Petroff and Shami Chatterjee, editors.

General news
  • Editors' note. This issue includes items from the first nine months of 2019. We anticipate future issues will be much shorter.
  • The FRBCAT VOEvent Broker is live. Interested parties can now subscribe to the FRBCAT Comet broker to receive VOEvents. Those interested in sending VOEvents via the FRBCAT broker or receiving broadcasted events should follow the instructions at the FRB_VOEvent github page.
Papers of interest

Recent Reviews
  • Fast Radio Bursts, review by Petroff, Hessels, and Lorimer (The Astronomy & Astrophysics Review; arXiv:1904.07947)
  • Fast Radio Bursts: An Extragalactic Enigma, review by Cordes and Chatterjee (Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics; arXiv:1906.05878)
Localizations and Host Galaxies
  • A single fast radio burst localized to a massive galaxy at cosmological distance, Bannister et al., arXiv:1906.11476
  • A fast radio burst localized to a massive galaxy, Ravi et al., DOI:10.1038/s41586-019-1389-7
  • The low density and magnetization of a massive galaxy halo exposed by a fast radio burst, Prochaska et al., arXiv:1909.11681
Other Observational Results
  • A fast radio burst with frequency-dependent polarization detected during Breakthrough Listen observations, Price et al. arXiv:1901.07412
  • Five new real-time detections of fast radio bursts with UTMOST, Farah et al. arXiv:1905.02293
  • CHIME/FRB detection of the original repeating fast radio burst source FRB 121102, Josephy et al., arXiv:1906.11305
  • CHIME/FRB detection of eight new repeating fast radio burst sources, CHIME/FRB Collaboration, arXiv:1908.03507
  • Faint repetitions from a bright fast radio burst source, Kumar et al., arXiv:1908.10026 (Also detected at CHIME, see ATel 13013)
  • A fast radio burst in the direction of the Virgo cluster, Agarwal et al., arXiv:1909.05779
  • A search for short-term hard X-ray bursts in the direction of the repeating FRB 121102, Sun et al., arXiv:1909.07626
  • A deep targeted search for fast radio bursts from the sites of low-redshift short gamma-ray bursts, Madison et al., arXiv:1909.11682
Theory and Modeling
  • Repeating fast radio bursts from magnetars with low magnetospheric twist, Wadiasingh and Timokhin, arXiv:1904.12036
  • Interpreting the distributions of FRB observables, Connor, arXiv:1905.00755
  • Fast radio burst injection tests, Keane and Walker, arXiv:1907.07948
  • Periodic fast radio bursts from young neutron stars, Munoz, Ravi, and Loeb, arXiv:1909.00004
  • The Galactic halo contribution to the dispersion measure of extragalactic fast radio bursts, Yamasaki and Totani, arXiv:1909.00849
  • Blast waves from magnetar flares and fast radio bursts, Beloborodov, arXiv:1908.07743
  • Radius-to-frequency mapping and FRB frequency drifts, Lyutikov, arXiv:1909.10409
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • FRB 121102 has been active again - or at least, has had several redetections, including at the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST; ATel 13064), the Haoping 40-m telescope (ATel 13090), and MeerKAT (ATel 13098), among others. There are coeval upper limits from INTEGRAL at X-rays (ATel 13073) and UKIRT in the NIR (ATel 13075).
  • ASKAP has announced two FRB detections in the past few months: FRB 190711 (ATel 12922) and FRB 190714 (ATel 12940).
  • UMOST has reported the detection of FRB 190806 (ATel 12995).
  • CHIME has redetected the ASKAP FRB 171019 (ATel 13013); this FRB has now been detected at ASKAP (1.1-1.4 GHz), Green Bank (0.7-0.9 GHz; Kumar et al. above), and CHIME (0.6-0.8 GHz).
  • The MWA (139-170 MHz) shadowed the UTMOST detection of FRB 190806 reported earlier this year (see above) and reports upper limits on low frequency radio emission from this source (ATel 13121).
Upcoming meetings and conferences

FRB2020: Registration is now open for FRB2020 to be held in Khao Lak, Thailand. This meeting will aim to cover all aspects of FRB science and is limited to ~150 participants. Please see the meeting webpage for more details.

Relevant job listings

-- Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia: Lecturer - FRB Research, AAS Job Register
-- Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Canada - Dunlap Fellowship, AAS Job Register
-- University of Cape Town, South Africa - Post-doctoral position working on cosmological applications of FRBs, also with the MeerTRAP team at the University of Manchester. Contact for more information.
-- Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, WV, USA - Staff scientist, AAS Job Register

Do you have an item for future newsletters? Please send these via email to the editors (Emily and Shami) to be included in an upcoming issue.