Field of view and sensitivity

BURSTT explores a unique parameter space with an extremely wide field of view (~10,000 square degrees) and reasonably high sensitivity (~5000 Jy of the system equivalent flux density: SEFD). The first stage of BURSTT is 'BURSTT-256', which includes 256 antennas at the main station. BURSTT-256 detects ~100 fast ratio bursts per year with accurate positions in the sky. The second phase is 'BURSTT-2048', including 2048 antennas, which will detect more than 2,000 fast radio bursts every year.

The unique capability of BURSTT will hold even after the future world-largest radio telescope, Square Kilometre Array (SKA), starts the science operation, allowing Taiwan to lead exciting science cases with fast radio bursts.

Summary of the main properties

With the extremely wide field of view, BURSTT monitors fast radio bursts for 7-24 hours every day. This very high duty cycle allows us to find a significant population of nearby fast radio bursts which were previously missed due to the narrow time windows of other radio telescopes.

BURSTT is optimized to the nearby Universe to maximize the detection chance of multi-messenger/multi-wavelength counterparts of fast radio bursts.

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