Fast Radio Burst Population Synthesis in Python
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Conduct Fast Radio Burst Population Synthesis | David Gardenier | ASTRON

What's frbpoppy?

Establishing the origin and properties of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) is one of the biggest goals in radio astronomy. frbpoppy was called into life to help astronomers determine which FRB properties to expect. Designed to be simple in use and easy to adapt, frbpoppy continues the work of psrpop and psrpoppy in the realm of FRBs.

How can I install it?

  1. Ensure gfortran is installed on your system (used for NE2001).

  2. Get the files from the github repository:

    $ git clone
  3. Install frbpoppy locally on Ubuntu by going to the downloaded directory and running:

    $ sudo python3 develop

    Macs should also be supported, however no tests have been done on Windows.

    If receiving an ASCII error, this is an error from upstream plotting library: contact me on how to fix it.

How do I use it?

Well, that's where things get more interesting.

How can I help?

Spotted a bug, or want to add some functionality? Simply open an issue on github, or contact me directly. Any help is appreciated!

Who are the authors?

  • David Gardenier
    As a PhD student at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), I'm working with the APERTIF/ALERT team to establish the properties of FRBs. Get in touch with me via email, drop past my office or say hello at any FRB conferences!

Looking for more?

Check out frbpoppy's webpage for more information!