The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts - II. New FRB discoveries and their follow-up

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Author(s): Bhandari S, Keane EF, Barr ED, Jameson A, Petroff E, Johnston S, Bailes M, Bhat NDR, Burgay M, Burke-Spolaor S, Caleb M, Eatough RP, Flynn C, Green JA, Jankowski F, Kramer M, Krishnan VV, Morello V, Possenti A, Stappers B, Tiburzi C, Van Straten W, Andreoni I, Butterley T, Chandra P, Cooke J, Corongiu A, Coward DM, Dhillon VS, Dodson R, Hardy LK, Howell EJ, Jaroenjittichai P, Klotz A, Littlefair SP, Marsh TR, Mickaliger M, Muxlow T, Perrodin D, Pritchard T, Sawangwit U, Terai T, Tominaga N, Torne P, Totani T, Trois A, Turpin D, Niino Y, Wilson RW, Albert A, Andre M, Anghinolfi M, Anton G, Ardid M, Aubert JJ, Avgitas T, Baret B, Barrios-Marti J, Basa S, Belhorma B, Bertin V, Biagi S, Bormuth R, Bourret S, Bouwhuis MC, Branzas H, Bruijn R, Brunner J, Busto J, Capone A, Caramete L, Carr J, Celli S, El Moursli RC, Chiarusi T, Circella M, Coelho JAB, Coleiro A, Coniglione R, Costantini H, Coyle P, Creusot A, Diaz AF, Deschamps A, De Bonis G, Distefano C, Di Palma I, Domi A, Donzaud C, Dornic D, Drouhin D, Eberl T, El Bojaddaini I, El Khayati N, Elasser D, Enzenhoefer A, Ettahiri A, Fassi F, Felis I, Fusco LA, Gay P, Giordano V, Glotin H, Gregoire T, Gracia-Ruiz R, Graf K, Hallmann S, Van Haren H, Heijboer AJ, Hello Y, Hernandez-Rey JJ, Hößl J, Hofestädt J, Hugon C, Illuminati G, James C, De Jong M, Jongen M, Kadler M, Kalekin O, Katz U, Kießling D, Kouchner A, Kreter M, Kreykenbohm I, Kulikovskiy V, Lachaud C, Lahmann R, Lefevere D, Leonora E, Loucatos S, Marcelin M, Margiotta A, Marinelli A, Martinez-Mora JA, Mele R, Melis K, Michael T, Migliozzi P, Moussa A, Navas S, Nezri E, Organokov M, Pavalas GE, Pellegrino C, Perrina C, Piattelli P, Popa V, Pradier T, Quinn L, Racca C, Riccobene G, Sanchez-Losa A, Saldana M, Salvadori I, Samtleben DFE, Sanguineti M, Sapienza P, Schussler F, Sieger C, Spurio M, Stolarczyk T, Taiuti M, Tayalati Y, Trovato A, Turpin D, Tonnis C, Vallage B, Van Elewyck V, Versari F, Vivolo D, Vizzocca A, Wilms J, Zornoza JD, Zuniga J
Journal: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 475
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 1427-1446
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966


We report the discovery of four Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) in the ongoing SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts at the Parkes Radio Telescope: FRBs 150610, 151206, 151230 and 160102. Our real-time discoveries have enabled us to conduct extensive, rapid multimessenger follow-up at 12 major facilities sensitive to radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray photons and neutrinos on time-scales ranging from an hour to a few months post-burst. No counterparts to the FRBs were found and we provide upper limits on afterglow luminosities. None of the FRBs were seen to repeat. Formal fits to all FRBs show hints of scattering while their intrinsic widths are unresolved in time. FRB 151206 is at low Galactic latitude, FRB 151230 shows a sharp spectral cut-off, and FRB 160102 has the highest dispersion measure (DM = 2596.1 +/- 0.3 pc cm(-3)) detected to date. Three of the FRBs have high dispersion measures (DM > 1500 pc cm(-3)), favouring a scenario where the DMis dominated by contributions from the intergalactic medium. The slope of the Parkes FRB source counts distribution with fluences > 2 Jy ms is alpha = - 2.2(-1.2)(+0.6) and still consistent with a Euclidean distribution (alpha = -3/2). We also find that the all-sky rate is 1.7(-0.9)(+1.5) x 10(3)FRBs/(4 pi sr)/day above similar to 2 Jy ms and there is currently no strong evidence for a latitude- dependent FRB sky rate.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Anton, Gisela Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik)
Eberl, Thomas PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik)
Graf, Kay Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Hofestädt, Jannik Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik)
Hößl, Jürgen Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik)
James, Clancy
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Katz, Uli Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Kießling, Dominik
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Kreykenbohm, Ingo Dr.
Dr.Karl-Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg, Astronomisches Institut
Lahmann, Robert PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Sieger, Christoph
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Wilms, Jörn Prof. Dr.
Professur für Astronomie und Astrophysik

External institutions with authors

Aix-Marseille University / Aix-Marseille Université
Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF)
Commissariat à l'énergie atomique
Durham University
Institute of Space Science (ISS) / Institutul de Științe Spațiale
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Konan University / 甲南大学
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie / Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Mohamed I University
Mohammed V University (UMVA) / جامعة محمد الخامس‎
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan / 国立天文台(NAOJ)
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand
National Center for Energy Science & Nuclear Technology
National Institute for Astrophysics / Istituto Nazionale Astrofisica (INAF)
National Institute for Nuclear Physics / Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)
National Institute for Subatomic Physics / Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica (Nikhef)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Polytechnic University of Catalonia / Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Polytechnic University of Valencia / Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Swinburne University of Technology
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Universidad de Cádiz (UCA)
Universidad de Granada
Universität Bielefeld
Université de Haute Alsace (UHA)
Université de Strasbourg (UDS)
University of Manchester
University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot / Université Paris VII Denis Diderot
University of Sheffield
University of Sydney
University of Tokyo
University of Toulouse
University of València / Universitat de València
University of Warwick
University of Western Australia (UWA)

How to cite

Bhandari, S., Keane, E.F., Barr, E.D., Jameson, A., Petroff, E., Johnston, S.,... Zuniga, J. (2018). The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts - II. New FRB discoveries and their follow-up. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475(2), 1427-1446.

Bhandari, S., et al. "The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts - II. New FRB discoveries and their follow-up." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475.2 (2018): 1427-1446.


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