Fast Radio Burst Follow-up Research

Artist’s impression of a fast radio burst traveling through space and reaching Earth. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

The Maria Mitchell Observatory is part of the Fast and Fortunate for FRB Follow-up (F4) collaboration, consisting of students, post-docs, and faculty from around the world, and whose mission is to perform multi-wavelength follow-up studies of fast radio bursts (FRBs) and their host galaxies.  The scientific goals of the F4 collaboration include:

  • Disentangling the cosmic web through FRB dispersion measures correlated with foreground galaxies and their halos.
  • Constraining FRB progenitor(s) through population studies of their host galaxies.
  • Constraining the physical properties of halo gas, e.g. magnetic field, density.

The F4 collaboration is generously funded by the National Science Foundation under awards AST-1911140 and AST-1910471.


Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the Fast Radio Burst research currently conducted at the MMO, here is a recently recorded public talk given by current MMO Research Fellow, Jay Chittidi:


Questions? Looking to get involved?

Please direct any questions to Dr. Regina Jorgenson, MMO Director at

If you are interested in applying for the MMO Research Fellowship, please see: