A Fast Radio Burst with frequency-dependent polarization detected during Breakthrough Listen observations

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  • Authors:
  • D. C. Price
  • G. Foster
  • M. Geyer
  • W. van Straten
  • V. Gajjar
  • And 28 others
  • External authors:
  • G. Hellbourg
  • A. Karastergiou
  • E. F. Keane
  • A. P. V. Siemion
  • I. Arcavi
  • R. Bhat
  • M. Caleb
  • S-W Chang
  • S. Croft
  • D. DeBoer
  • I. de Pater
  • J. Drew
  • J. E. Enriquez
  • W. Farah
  • N. Gizani
  • J. A. Green
  • H. Isaacson
  • J. Hickish
  • A. Jameson
  • M. Lebofsky
  • D. H. E. MacMahon
  • A. Möller
  • C. A. Onken
  • E. Petroff
  • D. Werthimer
  • C. Wolf
  • S. P. Worden
  • Y. G. Zhang


Here, we report on the detection and verification of Fast Radio Burst FRB 180301, which occurred on UTC 2018 March 1 during the Breakthrough Listen observations with the Parkes telescope. Full-polarization voltage data of the detection were captured--a first for non-repeating FRBs--allowing for coherent de-dispersion and additional verification tests. The coherently de-dispersed dynamic spectrum of FRB 180301 shows complex, polarized frequency structure over a small fractional bandwidth. As FRB 180301 was detected close to the geosynchronous satellite band during a time of known 1-2 GHz satellite transmissions, we consider whether the burst was due to radio interference emitted or reflected from an orbiting object. Based on the preponderance of our verification tests, we find that FRB 180301 is likely of astrophysical origin, but caution that anthropogenic sources cannot conclusively be ruled out.

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Original languageUndefined
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Early online date8 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019