FRB Newsletter Issue 06 — February 2020

Total FRB count: 119
Repeaters: 21

From the editors:

The discovery of periodic activity phases from a repeating FRB source by the CHIME collaboration (see below) has led to an explosion (a burst?) of theoretical modeling efforts - we have a veritable bonanza this month!

Papers of interest

Observational Results
  • Periodic Activity from a Fast Radio Burst Source, CHIME/FRB Collaboration, Li et al., arXiv:2001.10275
  • A Bright, High Rotation-Measure FRB that Skewers the M33 Halo; Connor et al., arXiv:2002.01399
Algorithms and Instrumentation
  • Optimization of Radio Array Telescopes to Search for Fast Radio Bursts; Peterson, Bandura & Sanghavi, arXiv:2001.06526
Theory and Modeling
  • A Dispersion Excess from Pulsar Wind Nebulae and Supernova Remnants: Implications for Pulsars and FRBs; Straal, Connor & van Leeuwen, arXiv:2001.06019
  • Nonlinear Optics in Strongly Magnetized Pair Plasma, with Applications to FRBs; Lyutikov, arXiv:2001.09210
  • Fast Radio Bursts as Strong Waves Interacting with Ambient Medium; Yuan-Pei Yang & Bing Zhang, arXiv:2001.10758
  • Possible Relation Between Persistent Emission and Rotation Measure of Fast Radio Bursts; Yuan-Pei Yang, Qiao-Chu Li & Bing Zhang, arXiv:2001.10761
  • Stimulated Emission-based Model for Fast Radio Bursts; Dogan & Eksi, arXiv:2001.10454
  • Updated Constraints on Superconducting Cosmic Strings from the Astronomy of Fast Radio Bursts; Batool Imtiaz, Rui Shi, & Yi-Fu Cai, arXiv:2001.11149
  • Detecting Helium Reionization with Fast Radio Bursts; Linder, arXiv:2001.11517
  • Fast Radio Bursts from Interacting Binary Neutron Star Systems; Bing Zhang, arXiv:2002.00335
  • FRB-periodicity: Weak Pulsar in Tight Early B-star Binary; Lyutikov, Barko & Giannios, arXiv:2002.01920
  • Orbital-induced Spin Precession as an Origin of Periodicity in Periodically-repeating Fast Radio Bursts; Huan Yang, Yuan-Chuan Zou, arXiv:2002.02553
  • Wave Effects in the Microlensing of Pulsars and FRBs by Point Masses; Low et al., arXiv:2002.01570
  • Searching for Galactic Micro-FRB with Lunar Scattering; J. I. Katz, arXiv:2002.03506
  • Fast Radio Bursts from Activities of Neutron Stars Newborn in BNS Mergers: Offset, Birth Rate and Observational Properties; F. Y. Wang, et al., arXiv:2002.03507
  • The Remnant of Neutron Star-White Dwarf Merger and the Repeating Fast Radio Bursts; Xiang Liu, arXiv:2002.03693
  • Precessing Flaring Magnetar as a Source of Repeating FRB 180916.J0158+65; Levin, Beloborodov & Bransgrove, arXiv:2002.04595
  • Periodic Fast Radio Bursts with Neutron Star Free/Radiative Precession, Zanazzi & Lai, arXiv:2002.05752
From the Astronomer's Telegram

Several follow-up observations of the repeating FRB 180916.J0158+65 have resulted in non-detections and upper limits at multiple wavelengths:
  • Swift X-ray observations of FRB 180916.J0158+65 — X-ray and UVOT upper limits during predicted active phase (ATel 13446).
  • INTEGRAL gamma-ray upper limits on the periodic FRB 180916 — Gamma ray (28-80 keV) and X-ray (3-10 keV) upper limits during a predicted active phase (ATel 13466).
  • Observations of FRB 180916.J0158+65 with SRT and the MNC — Radio observations during a predicted active phase, no new bursts (ATel 13492).
  • Upper limit on the optical fluence of FRB 180916.J0158+65 — Wideband optical upper limits (ATel 13493).
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