Physics Colloquium: CHIME: The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Kendrick Smith
  • Date:
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: MacN 415

Abstract

CHIME is a new interferometric telescope at radio frequencies 400-800 MHz. The mapping speed (or total statistical power) of CHIME is among the largest of any radio telescope in the world, and the technology powering CHIME could be used to build telescopes which are orders of magnitude more powerful. This breakthrough sensitivity has the power to revolutionize radio astronomy, but meeting the computational challenges will require breakthroughs on the algorithmic side.  I'll give a status update on CHIME, with an emphasis on new algorithms being developed to search for fast radio bursts and pulsars.