CHIME: The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment

CHIME: The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment - Kendrick Smith

Kendrick Smith
Perimeter Institute
November 12, 2019

CHIME is a new interferometric telescope at radio frequencies 400-800 MHz. The mapping speed (or total statistical power) of CHIME is among the largest of any radio telescope in the world, and the technology powering CHIME could be used to build telescopes which are orders of magnitude more powerful.  Recently, CHIME started finding new fast radio bursts (FRB's) at an unprecedented rate, including new repeating FRB's. Understanding the origin of fast radio bursts is a central unsolved problem in astrophysics, and we anticipate that CHIME's statistical power will play an important role in solving it.  In this talk, I'll give a status update on CHIME, with emphasis on FRB's.