FRB Newsletter Volume 05, Issue 03 — March 2024

Total FRB count: 763
Repeaters: 53
Host galaxies: 45
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From the Editors

With this month's issue of the FRB Newsletter, we are thrilled to mention the revival of the FRB Host Galaxy Catalog website. See our "Software and Other Resources" section below for how to participate in an ongoing community effort to keep this resource up to date. We hope you enjoy this month's round up of FRB-related news and papers.

Papers of Interest

Theory and Modeling
  • Probing the Circum-Galactic Medium with Fast Radio Bursts: Insights from the CAMELS Simulations; Medlock et al., arXiv: 2403.02313
  • Fast Radio Bursts in the Disks of Active Galactic Nuclei; Zhao et al., arXiv: 2403.02606
  • Bounding the Photon Mass with Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Pulsar Timing Data and De-dispersed Pulses of Fast Radio Bursts; Wang et al., arXiv: 2403.06422
  • Narrowly-Banded Spectra with Peak Frequency Around 1 GHz of FRB 20201124A: Implications for Energy Function and Radiation Physics; Lyu et al., arXiv: 2403.08558
  • Galaxy dispersion measured by Fast Radio Bursts as a probe of baryonic feedback models; Theis et al., arXiv: 2403.08611
  • Generation and effects of primordial magnetic fields during inflation; Kushwaha, arXiv: 2403.13753 (Ph.D. Thesis)
  • Radiative Acceleration and X-ray Spectrum of Outflowing Pure Electron-Positron Pair Fireball in Magnetar Bursts; Wada & Asano, arXiv: 2403.17668
Algorithms, Instrumentation, and Data Access
  • A VLBI Software Correlator for Fast Radio Transients; Leung et al., arXiv: 2403.05631
  • TRANSLIENT: Detecting Transients Resulting from Point Source Motion or Astrometric Errors; Springer et al., arXiv: 2403.09771
Magnetars and other relevant results
  • Does the Redshift Distribution of Swift Long GRBs Trace the Star-Formation Rate?; Hasan & Azzam, arXiv: 2403.15087
  • High-cadence monitoring of the emission properties of magnetar XTE J1810-197 with the Stockert radio telescope; Bause et al., arXiv: 2403.15471
  • Prototype Faraday rotation measure catalogs from the Polarisation Sky Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM) pilot observations; Vanderwoude et al., arXiv: 2403.15668
  • Magnetars as Powering Sources of Gamma-Ray Burst Associated Supernovae, and Unsupervised Clustering of Cosmic Explosions; Kumar et al., arXiv: 2403.18076
From the Astronomer's Telegram
  • FRB 20240114A was highlighted in our previous Newsletter as a recently discovered and highly active repeating FRB source. It has now been detected at uGMRT (51 bursts, 650 MHz; ATel 16494) and again at FAST (a burst storm at 1.25 GHz, with burst rates ~500/hr over the 30 minute observation; ATel 16505) as well as a bright burst at the Northern Cross Radio telescope (408 MHz; ATel 16547).
    The source was localized with EVN PRECISE to better than ~200 milliarcseconds (ATel 16542), to within the 1-sigma localization region from previous MeerKAT detections, and consistent with the previously reported host galaxy at a redshift z~0.42.
Software and other resources

  • FRB data and software on GitHub: A collection of all public data on well-localized FRBs and their host galaxies, as well as software to work with these resources. This is a community-driven effort with contributions from members of the F4, CRAFT, DSA, Realfast, and CHIME collaborations. Everyone is encouraged to contribute, especially new data on well-localized FRBs and their hosts. Pull requests and Git issues are welcome.
  • The data in the above repository is used to build the FRB Host Galaxy catalog, now revived at, courtesy of the F4 team. Please submit issues to the frbhosts_web repository to request additions or extra features.
Meetings and conference news

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