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The First Interferometric Detection of Fast Radio Burst FRB 121102

Fast radio interferometric imaging with rtpipe

This repository contains computational (Jupyter) notebooks with reproduction analysis for the manuscript "The direct localization of a fast radio burst and its host" ( and related publications. The associated data consist of visibilities and calibration files from the Very Large Array for nine radio bursts from the repeating Fast Radio Burst FRB 121102. The first burst captured, on 23 August 2016, is shown below.

First interferometric localization

The notebooks here present the latest snapshot of the analysis presented in and in support of our publications. They can be viewed with the Jupyter notebook viewer or directly on github. To reproduce (and improve!) the analysis, follow the steps below.

Cite this repository by referencing the data set on dataverse at doi:10.7910/DVN/ZKESD4.


To reproduce the analysis, you need rtpipe, a Python library for analyzing millisecond interferometric data (particularly from the Very Large Array). Instructions for installation are given on github, but in short you need:

VLA visibility data for nine bursts from FRB 121102 are availble at the Harvard dataverse at