Radio Transients

The McGill Radio Transients group studies short-duration flashes of radio waves from new and unexpected astrophysical phenomena. Their most active area of research is in so-called Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), mysterious, powerful, millisecond-long flashes of radio waves that originate outside of the Milky Way galaxy. To study these phenomena, the group uses several world-class radio observatories, including the Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Telescope. Most recently, the team is developing the upcoming CHIME telescope in collaboration with researchers from U. Toronto, UBC and the NRC. Although originally designed as a cosmology experiment, because CHIME has a broadband radio response and a wide effective field-of-view, it can scan for FRBs over an enormous area of sky, making CHIME a powerful FRB detector.


Faculty Members

Kaspi, Vicky

Director of MSI, Professor of Physics
Office: MSI 203
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Dobbs, Matt

Associate Professor of Physics
Office: MSI 103
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Hanna, David

Professor of Physics
Office: ERP 341
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