Physical Origin and Observation Properties of Fast Radio Bursts

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 474

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South-Western Institute for Astronomy Research, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
Interests: fast radio bursts; astrophysical probes of fundamental physics; high-energy astrophysics; radiation mechanism
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Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
Interests: high-energy astrophysical transients in multi-messengers; high-energy acceleration and radiation processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are mysterious radio transients of millisecond duration and with extremely high brightness temperatures. Since their first discovery in 2007, more than 100 FRBs have been detected, and FRBs are now well-established as extragalactic sources. Driven by groundbreaking observation results from radio observatories all over the world, numerous theoretical models have been proposed to interpret these mysterious events. In 2020, a galactic FRB, FRB 200428, was detected by CHIME and STARE2 in association with a hard X-ray burst from a galactic magnetar, SGR J1935+2154, during its active phase. This discovery established magnetars as a source that can produce FRBs. On the other hand, as radio transients, their observation properties (dispersion measure, rotation measure, scattering tails, scintillation, etc.) are affected by the medium along the line of sight. Therefore, FRBs are powerful tracers of circumburst environments. Located at cosmological distances, FRBs also have great potential as probes of cosmology, including "missing baryons" in the intergalactic medium, dark matter, etc. The current state of the FRB field is exciting, and the advent of multi-messenger observations and surveys will boost the progress of FRB studies in the future.

The purpose of this Special Issue of Galaxies is to provide an overview of the main challenges and issues that the FRB field is currently confronted with, including the physical origin, propagation, observation properties, and statistical characteristics of FRBs. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. We look forward to receiving your contributions. Let's work together to find out what FRBs are!

Dr. Yuan-Pei Yang
Dr. Jieshuang Wang
Guest Editor

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  • fast radio bursts
  • magnetars
  • radio transient sources
  • X-ray bursts
  • interstellar plasma

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