Shriharsh Tendulkar studies astrophysical transients — extremely violent events such as the mysterious fast radio bursts (FRBs) and other explosions in the Universe that last for thousandths of a second, yet release more energy than the Sun does in a thousand years. These bursts are our laboratories to study how matter, light, and magnetic fields behave in extreme environments and serve as probes to study the structure of the Universe. Tendulkar’s group builds new radio and X-ray telescopes and cutting-edge algorithms to crunch vast amounts of data and find these needles in the proverbial haystack. Tendulkar is a member of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) FRB project that detected and studied the largest sample of FRBs ever detected. Tendulkar’s group works to understand FRB host galaxies, the environment in which they form, as well as expanding the phase space in which we search for transients.
- Dr. Vainu Bappu Award, Astronomical Society of India, 2020
- Ramanujan Fellowship, Government of India, 2019 (Declined)
- Trottier Chair Postdoctoral Scholarship, McGill University, 2015
- Group Achievement Award (NuSTAR Science Team), NASA, 2014
- Holloway Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 2008
- CHIME/FRB Collaboration, “The First CHIME/FRB Fast Radio Burst Catalog”, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, vol. 257, no. 2, 2021. doi:10.3847/1538-4365/ac33ab
- Tendulkar, S. P., “The 60 pc Environment of FRB 20180916B”, The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 908, no. 1, 2021. doi:10.3847/2041-8213/abdb38
- CHIME/FRB Collaboration, “A bright millisecond-duration radio burst from a Galactic magnetar”, Nature, vol. 587, no. 7832, pp. 54–58, 2020. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2863-y
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