Probing the Universe’s baryons with fast radio bursts

Fast radio bursts were discovered just over a decade ago, and their origin remains a mystery. Despite this disadvantage, astronomers have been using them to investigate the matter through which their bright, impulsive radiation travels.

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Fig. 1: Illustration of the passage of a fast radio burst.

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Macquart, J. Probing the Universe’s baryons with fast radio bursts. Nat Astron 2, 836–838 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-018-0625-7

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