University of Minnesota

Karlis Kaufmanis Lecture Series

Karlis Kaufmanis Lecture Series

Recent Lecture

Astronomy's Newest Extragalactic Mystery: Fast Radio Bursts!

Victoria Kaspi
McGill University

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis

Watch the video of Dr. Kaspi's lecture:

Abstract: In 2007, astronomers discovered a new mysterious cosmic phenomenon: Fast Radio Bursts. These events consist of short, intense blasts of radio waves arriving from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Their origin is unknown; however, Fast Radio Bursts appear ubiquitous in our Universe, with roughly 1000 arriving every day over the full sky. I will discuss the Fast Radio Burst mystery and what is presently known about it, and describe a revolutionary new radio telescope being built in Canada that will soon enable astronomers worldwide to make major progress in our understanding of the Fast Radio Burst puzzle.

Past Lectures

2016    Dr. Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University
Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
2012    Dr. Michael Brown, Caltech
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
2009    Dr. Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
2005    Dr. Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute
2004    Dr. Jill Tarter, SETI
2001    Dr. Kirpal Nandra, Universities Space Research Association
2000    Dr. Robert Kirshner, Harvard University
1999    Dr. Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
1997    Dr. Geoff Marcy, University of California, Berkeley
1992    Dr. Barbara Smuts, Psychology and Anthropology, University of Michigan
1991    Dr. Robert Ballard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
1990    Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, New Mexico State University (the discoverer of Pluto)
1989    Dr. John Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies
1987    Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, astronaut

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