On modelling the Fast Radio Burst population and event rate predictions
Abstract
Assuming that Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are of extragalactic origin, we have developed a formalism to predict the FRB detection rate and the redshift distribution of the detected events for a telescope with given parameters. We have adopted FRB 110220, for which the emitted pulse energy is estimated to be E_{0} = 5.4 × 10^{33} J, as the reference event. The formalism requires us to assume models for (a) pulse broadening due to scattering in the ionized intergalactic medium  we consider two different models for this, (b) the frequency spectrum of the emitted pulse  we consider a powerlaw model E_{ν} ∝ ν^{α} with 5 ≤ α ≤ 5, and (c) the comoving number density of the FRB occurrence rate n(E, w_{I}, z)  we ignore the z dependence and assume a fixed intrinsic pulse width w_{I} = 1 ms for all the FRBs. The distribution of the emitted pulse energy E is modelled through (a) a delta function where all the FRBs have the same energy E = E_{0}, and (b) a Schechter luminosity function where the energies have a spread around E_{0}. The models are all normalized using the four FRBs detected by Thornton et al. Our model predictions for the Parkes telescope are all consistent with the inferred redshift distribution of the 14 FRBs detected there to date. We also find that scattering places an upper limit on the redshift of the FRBs detectable by a given telescope; for the Parkes telescope, this is z ∼ 2. Considering the upcoming Ooty Wide Field Array, we predict an FRB detection rate of ∼0.01 to ∼10^{3} d^{1}.
 Publication:

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
 Pub Date:
 April 2016
 DOI:
 10.1093/mnras/stw177
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1601.05410
 Bibcode:
 2016MNRAS.457.2530B
 Keywords:

 cosmology: observations;
 Astrophysics  High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena;
 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 11 pages, 4 figures and 2 tables, accepted for publication in MNRAS main journal