VERITAS Observations of Fast Radio Bursts
July 22, 2019
July 02, 2021
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are bright, unresolved, millisecond-duration flashes of radio emission originating from outside of the Milky Way. The origin of these mysterious outbursts is unknown, but their high luminosity, high dispersion measure and short duration requires an extreme, high-energy, astrophysical process. The majority of FRBs have been discovered as single events which would require a chance coincidence for contemporaneous multiwavelength observations. However, two have been observed to repeat: FRB 121102 and the recently detected FRB 180814.J0422+73. These repeating FRBs have allowed for targeted observations by a number of different instruments, including VERITAS. We present the VERITAS FRB observing program and the results of these observations.
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