Characterizing the Fast Radio Burst Host Galaxy Population and its Connection to Transients in the Local and Extragalactic Universe

Shivani Bhandari, Kasper E. Heintz, Kshitij Aggarwal, Lachlan Marnoch, Cherie K. Day, Jessica Sydnor, Sarah Burke-Spolaor, Casey J. Law, J. Xavier Prochaska, Nicolas Tejos, Keith W. Bannister, Bryan J. Butler, Adam T. Deller, R. D. Ekers, Chris Flynn, Wen Fai Fong, Clancy W. James, T. Joseph W. Lazio, Rui Luo, Elizabeth K. MahonyStuart D. Ryder, Elaine M. Sadler, Ryan M. Shannon, Jinlin Han, Kejia Lee, Bing Zhang

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We present the localization and host galaxies of one repeating and two apparently nonrepeating fast radio bursts (FRBs). FRB 20180301A was detected and localized with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array to a star-forming galaxy at z = 0.3304. FRB20191228A and FRB20200906A were detected and localized by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to host galaxies at z = 0.2430 and z = 0.3688, respectively. We combine these with 13 other well-localized FRBs in the literature, and analyze the host galaxy properties. We find no significant differences in the host properties of repeating and apparently nonrepeating FRBs. FRB hosts are moderately star forming, with masses slightly offset from the star-forming main sequence. Star formation and low-ionization nuclear emission-line region emission are major sources of ionization in FRB host galaxies, with the former dominant in repeating FRB hosts. FRB hosts do not track stellar mass and star formation as seen in field galaxies (more than 95% confidence). FRBs are rare in massive red galaxies, suggesting that progenitor formation channels are not solely dominated by delayed channels which lag star formation by gigayears. The global properties of FRB hosts are indistinguishable from core-collapse supernovae and short gamma-ray bursts hosts, and the spatial offset (from galaxy centers) of FRBs is mostly inconsistent with that of the Galactic neutron star population (95% confidence). The spatial offsets of FRBs (normalized to the galaxy effective radius) also differ from those of globular clusters in late- and early-type galaxies with 95% confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


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