Fast Radio Bursts in the Local Universe
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are millisecond bursts of GHz frequency radio emission of extragalactic origin. Only a few dozen have been seen and their origin is unknown. However, FRB 121102 repeats and shows that there are likely many more low luminosity FRBs than high luminosity FRBs.
Depending on how far this trend can be extrapolated, it may be reasonable to expect that objects in the Milky Way occasionally produce FRBs. These galactic FRBs would have flux densities in excess of 300 kJy. This is the idea behind the Survey for Transient Astronomical Radio Emission (STARE): to search for these low luminosity FRBs using an instrument with a gigantic field of view, but very low sensitivity.
STARE will consist of three stations located across the American southwest. With three stations, we will be able to effectively screen for local radio frequency interference (RFI) as well as localize signals to roughly 30 arcseconds. STARE's field of view sensitive to signals greater than 300 kJy is roughly π steradians.
We expect STARE to be fully operational by mid-2018.