3 years ago

FRB event rate counts I --- Interpreting the Observations.

Ron Ekers, Jean-Pierre Macquart

The fluence distribution of the Fast Radio Burst (FRB) population (the "source counts" distribution, $N(>F) \propto F^\alpha$), is a crucial diagnostic of its distance distribution, and hence the progenitor evolutionary history. We critically reanalyse current estimates of the FRB source counts distribution. We demonstrate that the Lorimer burst (FRB 010724) is subject to discovery bias, and should be excluded from all statistical studies of the population. We re-examine the evidence for flat, $\alpha >-1$, source counts estimates based on the ratio of single-beam to multiple-beam detections with the Parkes multi-beam receiver, and show that current data implies only a very weak constraint of $\alpha \lesssim -1.3$. A maximum likelihood analysis applied to the portion of the Parkes FRB population detected above the observational completeness fluence of 2 Jy ms yields $\alpha = -2.6_{-0.6}^{+0.4}$. Uncertainties in the location of each FRB within the Parkes beam render estimates of the Parkes event rate uncertain in both normalising survey area and the estimated post-beam-corrected completeness fluence; this uncertainty needs to be accounted for when comparing the event rate against event rates measured at other telescopes.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.11493

DOI: arXiv:1710.11493v1

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