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Fast Radio Bursts

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-duration pulses of cosmological origin first discovered at WVU in 2007. Currently over 100 are known and come from random positions on the sky, with about a dozen having been identified with external galaxies of different types. While their origins are still not entirely understood, it is very likely that they are produced by magnetars -- highly magnetised neutron stars -- which are known to emit powerful radio flares. 

Researchers in this area include:

Kevin Bandura
Sarah Burke-Spolaor
Emmanuel Fonseca
Duncan Lorimer
Maura McLaughlin