ECE Seminar Series

Statistics and Physics, Computer Science Department, and Electrical Engineering Department Special Seminar Sponsored by ISTeC

Title: Fast Radio Bursts
Speaker: Duncan Lorimer
Affiliation: West Virginia University
Day: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Clark A103

Abstract: The transient radio sky was, until recently, relatively unexplored. Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are intense, brief flashes of highly dispersed radio waves that represent a new astrophysical phenomenon whose origin is currently unknown. I will review the properties of these objects and describe some of the most popular theories which range between giant solar flares to compact binary coalescences at cosmological distances. I will conclude with a look ahead to the exciting prospects that may be possible in the next five years.

Bio: Duncan Lorimer is originally from the town of Darlington in the Northeast of England. He got his PhD in Radio Astronomy 1994 from the University of Manchester for his work on pulsar populations in our Galaxy. Following a lectureship at Manchester in 1994-5, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany in 1995-8 and a staff scientist at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in 1998-2001. He returned to the UK between 2001-2006 as a Royal Society Research Fellow at Manchester. Since 2006, he's been at WVU where he teaches and carries out research with his students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Honors received while at WVU include a Cottrell Scholarship (2009-2012), Outstanding Teaching Awards (2009, 2010) and Woodburn Professorship (2010-2012).