Bridget Andersen

PhD Candidate in Physics at McGill University

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Nov 2nd, 2022: Working on installation of the analog signal chain for the CHIME/FRB Outrigger in Green Bank, West Virginia.

Nov 2nd, 2022: Working on installation of the analog signal chain for the CHIME/FRB Outrigger in Green Bank, West Virginia.

About Me

I am currently a Physics PhD candidate at McGill University in the Trottier Space Institute. My research interests lie in the study of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and pulsars through the development of new radio telescopes and detection algorithms. I am a member of the CHIME/FRB Collaboration, with Vicky Kaspi as my advisor. For my PhD program, I am building hardware and software to enable milliarcsecond localizations of FRBs using the CHIME/FRB Outrigger telescopes. After the telescopes are commissioned, I will be using these localizations to learn more about the surrounding environments of FRB sources through follow-up of their host galaxies with multiwavelength observations.

In 2021, I completed my Physics MSc thesis at McGill University on FRB flux calibration using the CHIME radio telescope. Before that, I graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in May 2018 with bachelors degrees in both Astrophysics and Computer Science. For my senior thesis at UVA, I worked with Scott Ransom to extend the PRESTO binary pulsar search software to account for orbital ``jerk''.

I love talking about all things related to FRBs, pulsar detection algorithms, and radio interferometry!


CHIME/FRB Outriggers

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First Author

  1. Flux Calibration of CHIME/FRB Intensity Data, Bridget C. Andersen, Chitrang Patel, Charanjot Brar, [and 11 others]. Published: AJ 166, 138. (2023) [arXiv:2305.11302, ADS:2023AJ....166..138A]
  2. CHIME Discovery of a Binary Pulsar with a Massive Non-Degenerate Companion, Bridget C. Andersen, E. Fonseca, J. W. McKee [and 25 others]. Published: ApJ 943, 57. (2023) [arXiv:2209.06895, ADS:2023ApJ...943...57A]
  3. The Mass Evolution of Protostellar Disks and Envelopes in the Perseus Molecular Cloud, Bridget C. Andersen, Ian W. Stephens, Michael M. Dunham [and 8 others]. Published: ApJ 873, 54. (2019) [arXiv:1902.05956, ADS:2019ApJ...873...54A]
  4. A Fourier Domain ``Jerk'' Search for Binary Pulsars, Bridget C. Andersen, Scott M. Ransom. Published: ApJL 863L, 13. (2018) [arXiv:1807.07900, ADS:2018ApJ...863L..13A]

Select Supporting Author

Here I highlight a select subset of publications that I significantly contributed to as a supporting author. For a full list of publications, see my ADS record.

  1. Sub-second periodicity in a fast radio burst, CHIME/FRB Collaboration. Published: Nature 607, 256. (2022) [arXiv:2107.08463, ADS:2022Natur.607..256C]
  2. A Sudden Period of High Activity from Repeating Fast Radio Burst 20201124A, Adam E. Lanman, Bridget C. Andersen, Pragya Chawla. Published: ApJL 927, 59L. (2022) [arXiv:2109.09254, ADS:2022ApJ...927...59L]
  3. The First CHIME/FRB Fast Radio Burst Catalog, CHIME/FRB Collaboration. Published: ApJS 257, 59. (2021) [arXiv:2106.04352, ADS:2021ApJS..257...59C]
  4. A bright millisecond-duration radio burst from a Galactic magnetar, CHIME/FRB Collaboration. Published: Nature 587, 54--58. (2020) [arXiv:2005.10324, ADS:2020Natur.587...54C]
  5. Periodic activity from a fast radio burst source, CHIME/FRB Collaboration. Published: Nature 582, 351–-355. (2020) [arXiv:2001.10275, ADS:2020Natur.582..351C]
  6. Detection of Repeating FRB 180916.J0158+65 Down to Frequencies of 300 MHz, P. Chawla, Bridget C. Andersen, M. Bhardwaj. Published: ApJL 896, L41. (2020) [arXiv:2004.02862, ADS:2020ApJ...896L..41C]
  7. Nine New Repeating Fast Radio Burst Sources from CHIME/FRB, E. Fonseca, Bridget C. Andersen, M. Bhardwaj. Published: ApJL 891, L6. (2020) [arXiv:2001.03595, ADS:2020ApJ...891L...6F]
  8. CHIME/FRB Discovery of Eight New Repeating Fast Radio Burst Sources, CHIME/FRB Collaboration. Published: ApJL 885, L24. (2019) [arXiv:1908.03507, ADS:2019ApJ...885L..24C]