FRB Newsletter Issue 12 — August 2020

Total FRB count: 129
Repeaters: 21

From the editors:

Science marches on, even through the summer lull and a pandemic. Here's the latest round-up of recent results - our twelfth newsletter issue! We welcome your suggestions for newsletter items and thank you for sending us your tips.

General news:

The FRB Catalogue has been migrated to the Transient Name Server. All new reported FRBs should now be submitted to the TNS for naming and cataloguing. The current FRBCAT webpage will remain in operation for the time being but we encourage everyone to start familiarizing themselves with the TNS and making the switch.
TNS AstroNote 2020-160

Papers of interest

Observational Results
  • A Targeted Search for Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Associated with Gamma-ray Bursts; Palliyaguru et al., arXiv: 2007.13246
  • Detection of 15 Bursts from FRB 180916.J0158+65 with the uGMRT; Marthi et al., arXiv: 2007.14404
  • First Discovery of a Fast Radio Burst at 350 MHz by the GBNCC Survey; Parent et al., arXiv: 2008.04217
  • Repeating Behaviour of FRB 121102: Periodicity, Waiting Times and Energy Distribution; Cruces et al., arXiv: 2008.03461
  • The Integrated Pulse Profiles of Fast Radio Bursts; Song et al., arXiv: 1909.01612
Algorithms and Instrumentation
  • The CHIME Pulsar Project: System Overview; CHIME/Pulsar Collaboration, arXiv: 2008.05681
Theory and Modeling
  • Galactic Contribution to the Dispersion Measure of Extragalactic Fast Radio Bursts; Das et al., arXiv: 2007.11542
  • Dispersion Measures of Fast Radio Burst Host Galaxies Derived from IllustrisTNG Simulation; G. Q. Zhang, Hai Yu, J. H. He & F. Y. Wang, arXiv: 2007.13935
  • Fast Radio Burst Breakouts from Magnetar Burst Fireballs; Ioka, arXiv: 2008.01114
  • A Simple Relationship for the Spectro-temporal Structure of Bursts from FRB121102; Rajabi et al., arXiv: 2008.02395
  • FRB 121102 Bursts at a Constant Rate per Log Time; Tabor & Loeb, arXiv: 2008.02809
  • FRBs: The Dispersion Measure of Host Galaxies; Jaroszynski, arXiv: 2008.04634
  • Analytic Properties of Electromagnetic Field of Binary Compact Stars and Electromagnetic Precursors to Gravitational Waves; Tomoki Wada, Masaru Shibata & Kunihito Ioka, arXiv: 2008.04661

    "... we discuss possible electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave events, and identify radio precursors, such as fast radio bursts, as the most promising observational targets."

  • Population Modelling of FRBs from Intrinsic Properties; Bhattacharya & Kumar, arXiv: 1902.10225
  • Fast Radio Bursts to be Detected with the Square Kilometre Array; Hashimoto et al., arXiv: 2008.00007
  • No Redshift Evolution of Non-Repeating Fast Radio Burst Rates; Hashimoto et al., arXiv: 2008.09621
  • Redshift Estimates for Fast Radio Bursts and Implications on Intergalactic Magnetic Fields; Hackstein et al., arXiv: 2008.10536
SGR J1935+2154 and other relevant magnetar results
  • Multi-wavelength Constraints on the Outflow Properties of the Extremely Bright Millisecond Radio Bursts from the Galactic Magnetar SGR 1935+2154; Yamasaki, Kashiyama & Murase, arXiv: 2008.03634
  • Understanding FRB 200428 in the Synchrotron Maser Shock Model: Consistency and Possible Challenge; Wu, Zhang, Wang & Dai, arXiv: 2008.05635
  • A Magnetar Parallax; Ding et al., arXiv: 2008.06438
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • Several new bursts have been detected from the first repeating fast radio burst FRB 121102 with the FAST telescope since 17 August, 2020. This suggests a new window of activity from the source (ATel 13959).
  • PrEFERBLE: "Probability Estimates for FRBs to obtain model likelihood estimates" is a python package build to compare observations of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) to theoretical predictions in order to systematically compare competing models.
  • FRB Community Software Directory: A home is being put together for FRB Community software at The site includes links to public code repositories used for FRB science, guides for using these, and information on how you can contribute your own software to the directory.

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