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Researcher Tracks Radio Transmission From Space


Swinburne University PhD student Emily Petroff was attributed with recording the first fast radio burst in real time.

Swinburne University PhD student Emily Petroff was attributed with recording the first fast radio burst in real time.

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You may have heard about this interesting astronomical discovery: researchers recently recorded what’s known as a “fast radio burst” from another galaxy. But you may not have heard that the lead researcher is a 24-year-old from Portland who’s getting her PhD at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology

Emily Petroff was born and raised in Portland and says that her family camping trips to eastern Oregon helped nurture an interest in astronomy. She says she’s surprised but pleased by the wide interest her research has generated.

We’ll talk to Petroff from her office in Melbourne about what she’s learned about the radio wave transmissions and what she still hopes to discover.

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