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Type: Journal article
Title: A polarized fast radio burst at low Galactic latitude
Author: Petroff, E.
Burke-Spolaor, S.
Keane, E.
McLaughlin, M.
Miller, R.
Andreoni, I.
Bailes, M.
Barr, E.
Bernard, S.
Bhandari, S.
Bhat, N.
Burgay, M.
Caleb, M.
Champion, D.
Chandra, P.
Cooke, J.
Dhillon, V.
Farnes, J.
Hardy, L.
Jaroenjittichai, P.
et al.
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017; 469(4):4465-4482
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0035-8711
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E. Petroff ... The ANTARES Collaboration ... R. Blackwell ... P. deWilt ... J. Hawkes ... J. Lau ... N. Maxted ... G. Rowell ... F. Voisin ... et al.
Abstract: We report on the discovery of a new fast radio burst (FRB), FRB 150215, with the Parkes radio telescope on 2015 February 15. The burst was detected in real time with a dispersion measure (DM) of 1105.6 ± 0.8 pc cm−3, a pulse duration of 2.8 +1.2−0.5 ms, and a measured peak flux density assuming that the burst was at beam centre of 0.7 +0.2−0.1 Jy. The FRB originated at a Galactic longitude and latitude of 24.66°, 5.28° and 25° away from the Galactic Center. The burst was found to be 43 ± 5 per cent linearly polarized with a rotation measure (RM) in the range −9 < RM < 12 rad m−2 (95 per cent confidence level), consistent with zero. The burst was followed up with 11 telescopes to search for radio, optical, X-ray, γ-ray and neutrino emission. Neither transient nor variable emission was found to be associated with the burst and no repeat pulses have been observed in 17.25 h of observing. The sightline to the burst is close to the Galactic plane and the observed physical properties of FRB 150215 demonstrate the existence of sight lines of anomalously low RM for a given electron column density. The Galactic RM foreground may approach a null value due to magnetic field reversals along the line of sight, a decreased total electron column density from the Milky Way, or some combination of these effects. A lower Galactic DM contribution might explain why this burst was detectable whereas previous searches at low latitude have had lower detection rates than those out of the plane.
Keywords: Polarization; methods: data analysis; surveys; ISM: structure
Description: Advance Access publication 2017 May 9
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx1098
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