QUO Fast Radio Bursts
E02: Crab Pulsar ft. Akanksha
October 14, 2020
- Sometimes a pulse from a pulsar is far brighter than normal, we call these giant pulses.
- The reason that these happen is not entirely understood
- These pulses often have interesting structure and can teach us about what is happening on and around the pulsar.
- Observing the Crab Pulsar with the ARO, Akanksha found over 100,000 radio signal events and sorted down to a few interesting pulses.
- She noticed one pulse behave like none she had ever seen before.
- She developed a model to explain the unusual pulse. Perhaps some radio waves bounce off material in the Crab Nebula.
- This new model is able to account for the observations and predict a new type of pulse that may be seen in the future.
- We eagerly wait for more observations that may prove, disprove, or refine her theories!
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Special thanks to Colin Vendromin for the music also thanks to Zac Kenny for the logo!