Special Issue "Fast Radio Bursts"

A special issue of Universe (ISSN 2218-1997).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marta Burgay
Guest Editor
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari, Via della Scienza 5, I-09047 Selargius (CA), Italy
Interests: neutron stars; pulsars; relativistic binaries; magnetars; fast radio bursts
Prof. Dr. Sergei B. Popov
Guest Editor
1. Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Universitetsky pr. 13, Moscow 119234, Russia
2. National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’, Department of Physics, Myasnitskaya str. 20, Moscow 101000, Russia
Interests: neutron stars; magnetars; binary systems; fast radio bursts; exoplanets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are enigmatic transients that appear several thousand times a day in the sky, yet we still are not sure about their origin. Important observational results related to this phenomenon have been obtained regularly since 2013 thanks to old and new instruments such as Parkes, CHIME, ASKAP, UTMOST, FAST, and SRT. These observational results have also been accompanied by many theoretical studies. Recent discoveries of periodicity in activity periods of several repeating FRBs and of simultaneous X/gamma-ray and FRB-like radio bursts from a Galactic magnetar shed new light on properties of sources, but also pose new questions.

FRBs are of great interest by themselves, as they have very spectacular observational appearance, and we still do not know the exact mechanism of emission of these sources, which is a topic of intensive discussion. However, these transients are proposed as important “instruments” in cosmology, extragalactic studies, and fundamental physics. In particular, FRBs are used to probe intergalactic medium and outskirts of galaxies and to put constraints on fundamental parameters.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present contributions that describe recent observational and theoretical results on FRBs.

Papers on multi-messenger observations, usage of FRBs as probes of the Universe, emission mechanisms, and population studies of these transients are especially welcome.

Dr. Marta Burgay
Prof. Dr. Sergei Popov
Guest Editors

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  • Fast radio bursts
  • Magnetar radio emission
  • Radio astronomy
  • Multi-messenger observations
  • Transient radio sources

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Yuri Lyubarsky; Ben-Gurion University, Israel; Topic: Emission mechanism of FRBs
2. F.Y. Wang, G.Q. Zhang; Nanjing University, China; Topic: Statistical properties of FRBs
3. Manisha Caleb; University of Mancheter, UK; Topic: Radio observations of FRBs
4. Luciano Nicastro, et al.; INAF OASS Bologna, Italy; Topic: Multiwavelength observations of FRBs
5. Andrea Possenti, Gianluca Israel; INAF, Italy; Nanda Rea; Institute of Space Science, Barcellona, Italy; Topic: Radio observations of magnetars
6. Maura Pilia, et al.; INAF, Italy; Topic: Low-frequency observations of FRBs
7. Shivani Bhandari; Australia Telescope National Facility, Australia; Topic: FRBs as cosmological probes
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