APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Steffen Hagstotz (Stockholm U)
Title: Cosmology with Fast Radio Bursts
Date (JST): Thu, May 20, 2021, 16:00 - 17:00
Place: Zoom
Related File: 2659.pdf
Abstract: Fast radio bursts are short and bright transients visible over extragalactic distances. Their origin is still a mystery, but since the radio pulse undergoes dispersion caused by free electrons along the line of sight as it travels through the large-scale structure, FRBs can be used as a powerful cosmological probe. In this talk I will briefly present this quickly evolving field. Recently, my collaborators and I used the small sample of currently known events to measure the Hubble constant (arxiv 2104.04538), and constraints are expected to improve considerably in the near future as more and more data from the ongoing search programs becomes available. Future large FRB samples provide exciting opportunities not only to understand their physical mechanism, but also to use their dispersion to look for new physics such as primordial non-Gaussianity (2007.04054) or deviations from the equivalence principle (2102.11554).