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Kendrick Smith (Perimeter Institute) "CHIME: The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment"
February 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CHIME is a new interferometric telescope at radio frequencies 400-800 MHz.
The mapping speed (or total statistical power) of CHIME is among the largest
of any radio telescope in the world, and the technology powering CHIME could
be used to build telescopes which are orders of magnitude more powerful.
Recently during precommissioning, CHIME started finding new fast radio
bursts (FRB’s) at an unprecedented rate, including a new repeating FRB.
Understanding the origin of fast radio bursts is a central unsolved problem
in astrophysics, and we anticipate that CHIME’s statistical power will play an
important role in solving it. In this talk, I’ll give a status update on CHIME, with
emphasis on FRB’s.