In recent years, scientists have discovered fast radio bursts, energetic single pulses of radio emission arriving in random directions from unknown sources well beyond our galaxy, the Milky Way. The origin of these pulses is a major puzzle in high energy astrophysics. With its huge field of view and broad frequency coverage, the CHIME telescope is a nearly ideal instrument for finding and studying many of these bursts, enabling scientists to tackle one of the most mysterious new areas of astrophysics.
The new #CHIME radio telescope will act as a time machine allowing scientists to create a three-dimensional map of the universe extending deep into space and time. CHIME’s unique “half-pipe” telescope design and advanced computing power will help scientists explore the frontiers of modern astronomy and better understand the shape, structure and fate of the universe. #CHIMEexperiment
CHIME is a collaboration among 50 Canadian scientists from the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The $16-million investment for CHIME was provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the governments of British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, with additional funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The telescope is located in the mountains of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley at the NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton.
Photo: Andre Renard, Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, U of Toronto; CHIME.