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The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts – II. New FRB discoveries and their follow-up

Bhandari, S.; Keane, E.F.; Barr, E.D.; Jameson, A.; Petroff, E.; Johnston, S.; Bailes, M.; Bhat, N.D.R.; Burgay, M.; Burke-Spolaor, S.; Caleb, M.; Eatough, R.P.; Flynn, C.; Green, J.A.; Jankowski, F.; Kramer, M.; Krishnan, V. Venkatraman; Morello, V.; Possenti, A.; Stappers, B.; Tiburzi, C.; van Straten, W.; Andreoni, I.; Butterley, T.; Chandra, P.; Cooke, J.; Corongiu, A.; Coward, D.M.; Dhillon, V.S.; Dodson, R.; Hardy, L.K.; Howell, E.J.; Jaroenjittichai, P.; Klotz, A.; Littlefair, S.P.; Marsh, T.R.; Mickaliger, M.; Muxlow, T.; Perrodin, D.; Pritchard, T.; Sawangwit, U.; Terai, T.; Tominaga, N.; Torne, P.; Totani, T.; Trois, A.; Turpin, D.; Niino, Y.; Wilson, R.W.; Albert, A.; André, M.; Anghinolfi, M.; Anton, G.; Ardid, M.; Aubert, J.-J.; Avgitas, T.; Baret, B.; Barrios-Martí, J.; Basa, S.; Belhorma, B.; Bertin, V.; Biagi, S.; Bormuth, R.; Bourret, S.; Bouwhuis, M.C.; Brânzaş, H.; Bruijn, R.; Brunner, J.; Busto, J.; Capone, A.; Caramete, L.; Carr, J.; Celli, S.; Moursli, R. Cherkaou...

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S. Bhandari

E.F. Keane

E.D. Barr

A. Jameson

E. Petroff

S. Johnston

M. Bailes

N.D.R. Bhat

M. Burgay

S. Burke-Spolaor

M. Caleb

R.P. Eatough

C. Flynn

J.A. Green

F. Jankowski

M. Kramer

V. Venkatraman Krishnan

V. Morello

A. Possenti

B. Stappers

C. Tiburzi

W. van Straten

I. Andreoni

P. Chandra

J. Cooke

A. Corongiu

D.M. Coward

V.S. Dhillon

R. Dodson

L.K. Hardy

E.J. Howell

P. Jaroenjittichai

A. Klotz

S.P. Littlefair

T.R. Marsh

M. Mickaliger

T. Muxlow

D. Perrodin

T. Pritchard

U. Sawangwit

T. Terai

N. Tominaga

P. Torne

T. Totani

A. Trois

D. Turpin

Y. Niino

R.W. Wilson

A. Albert

M. André

M. Anghinolfi

G. Anton

M. Ardid

J.-J. Aubert

T. Avgitas

B. Baret

J. Barrios-Martí

S. Basa

B. Belhorma

V. Bertin

S. Biagi

R. Bormuth

S. Bourret

M.C. Bouwhuis

H. Brânzaş

R. Bruijn

J. Brunner

J. Busto

A. Capone

L. Caramete

J. Carr

S. Celli

R. Cherkaoui El Moursli

T. Chiarusi

M. Circella

J.A.B. Coelho

A. Coleiro

R. Coniglione

H. Costantini

P Coyle

A. Creusot

A.F. Díaz

A. Deschamps

G. De Bonis

C. Distefano

I. Di Palma

A. Domi

C. Donzaud

D. Dornic

D. Drouhin

T. Eberl

I. El Bojaddaini

N. El Khayati

D. Elsässer

A. Enzenhöfer

A. Ettahiri

F. Fassi

I. Felis

L.A. Fusco

P. Gay

V. Giordano

H. Glotin

T. Gregoire

R. Gracia-Ruiz

K. Graf

S. Hallmann

H. van Haren

A.J. Heijboer

Y. Hello

J.J. Hernández-Rey

J. Hößl

J. Hofestädt

C. Hugon

G. Illuminati

C.W. James

M. de Jong

M. Jongen

M. Kadler

O. Kalekin

U. Katz

D. Kießling

A. Kouchner

M. Kreter

I. Kreykenbohm

V. Kulikovskiy

C. Lachaud

R. Lahmann

D. Lefèvre

E. Leonora

S. Loucatos

M. Marcelin

A. Margiotta

A. Marinelli

J.A. Martínez-Mora

R. Mele

K. Melis

T. Michael

P. Migliozzi

A. Moussa

S. Navas

E. Nezri

M. Organokov

G.E. Păvălaş

C. Pellegrino

C. Perrina

P. Piattelli

V. Popa

T. Pradier

L. Quinn

C. Racca

G. Riccobene

A. Sánchez-Losa

M. Saldaña

I. Salvadori

D.F.E. Samtleben

M. Sanguineti

P. Sapienza

F. Schüssler

C. Sieger

M. Spurio

Th Stolarczyk

M. Taiuti

Y. Tayalati

A. Trovato

C. Tönnis

B. Vallage

V. Van Elewyck

F. Versari

D. Vivolo

A. Vizzocca

J. Wilms

J.D. Zornoza

J. Zúñiga


We report the discovery of four Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) in the ongoing SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts at the Parkes Radio Telescope: FRBs 150610, 151206, 151230 and 160102. Our real-time discoveries have enabled us to conduct extensive, rapid multimessenger follow-up at 12 major facilities sensitive to radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray photons and neutrinos on time-scales ranging from an hour to a few months post-burst. No counterparts to the FRBs were found and we provide upper limits on afterglow luminosities. None of the FRBs were seen to repeat. Formal fits to all FRBs show hints of scattering while their intrinsic widths are unresolved in time. FRB 151206 is at low Galactic latitude, FRB 151230 shows a sharp spectral cut-off, and FRB 160102 has the highest dispersion measure (DM = 2596.1 ± 0.3 pc cm−3) detected to date. Three of the FRBs have high dispersion measures (DM > 1500 pc cm−3), favouring a scenario where the DM is dominated by contributions from the intergalactic medium. The slope of the Parkes FRB source counts distribution with fluences >2 Jy ms is α=−2.2+0.6−1.2 and still consistent with a Euclidean distribution (α = −3/2). We also find that the all-sky rate is 1.7+1.5−0.9×103 FRBs/(4π sr)/day above ∼2Jyms and there is currently no strong evidence for a latitude-dependent FRB sky rate.


Bhandari, S., Keane, E., Barr, E., Jameson, A., Petroff, E., Johnston, S., …Zúñiga, J. (2018). The SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts – II. New FRB discoveries and their follow-up. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 475(2), 1427-1446.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 27, 2017
Publication Date Apr 1, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2018
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 475
Issue 2
Pages 1427-1446


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