ALFABURST: A realtime fast radio burst monitor for the Arecibo telescope

  title={ALFABURST: A realtime fast radio burst monitor for the Arecibo telescope},
  author={Jayanth Chennamangalam and Aris Karastergiou and David Macmahon and Wes Armour and Jeff Cobb and Duncan R. Lorimer and Kaustubh Rajwade and Andrew P. V. Siemion and Dan Werthimer and Christopher Williams},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) constitute an emerging class of fast radio transient whose origin continues to be a mystery. Realizing the importance of increasing coverage of the search parameter space, we have designed, built, and deployed a realtime monitor for FRBs at the 305-m Arecibo radio telescope. Named 'ALFABURST', it is a commensal instrument that is triggered whenever the 1.4 GHz seven-beam Arecibo $L$-Band Feed Array (ALFA) receiver commences operation. The ongoing commensal survey we are… 

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