Fast radio bursts (FRBs) have so far been detected serendipitously across the sky. We consider the possible enhancement in the FRB rate in the direction of galaxy clusters, and compare the predicted rate from a large sample of galaxy clusters with the expected cosmological mean rate. We show that clusters offer better prospects for a blind survey if the faint end of the FRB luminosity function is steep. We find that for a radio telescope with a ∼1 deg2 beam, the best targets would be either nearby clusters such as Virgo, or clusters at intermediate cosmological distances of few hundred Mpc, which offer maximal number of galaxies per beam. We identify several galaxy clusters which are expected to have a significant excess FRB yield compared with the cosmic mean. The two most promising candidates are the Virgo cluster containing 1598 galaxies and is located 16.5 Mpc away and the S 34 cluster, which contains 3175 galaxies and is located at a distance of 486 Mpc.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- August 2018
- galaxies: clusters: general;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- Submitted to ApJ, 6 pages, 2 tables, 3 figures