May 24, 2022: Liam Connor: Broadband radio pulses from across the Universe: an intro to FRBs


PLEASE NOTE: Because our meeting location is unavailable due to the COVID situation, this presentation will be webcast on the internet. See the IMPORTANT NOTE at the top of this page.

This talk discusses fast radio bursts (FRBs), an exciting new class of astronomical transients. It includes a brief history of the FRB enigma and describea the synthesis between radio instrumentation and modern computing that have enabled a renaissance in long-wavelength astronomy. 

Dr. Liam Connor is a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech working on radio astronomy and high energy astrophysics. He is Canadian, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2016, after which he worked in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. His primary research focus is fast radio bursts, but he also works on the application of machine learning to astronomy. In his free time he enjoys extreme sports such as back-country skiing, and also soccer.