Astrophysical Journal Letters
American Astronomical Society
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Recent observations of repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) suggest that some FRBs reside in an environment consistent with that of binary neutron star (BNS) mergers. The bursting rate for repeaters could be very high and the emission site is likely from a magnetosphere. We discuss a hypothesis of producing abundant repeating FRBs in BNS systems. Decades to centuries before a BNS system coalesces, the magnetospheres of the two neutron stars start to interact relentlessly. Abrupt magnetic reconnection accelerates particles, which emit coherent radio waves in bunches via curvature radiation. FRBs are detected as these bright radiation beams point toward Earth. This model predicts quasi-periodicity of the bursts at the rotation periods of the two merging neutron stars (tens of milliseconds and seconds, respectively) as well as the period of orbital motion (of the order of 100 s). The bursting activities are expected to elevate with time as the two neutron stars get closer. The repeating FRB sources should be gravitational-wave (GW) sources for space-borne detectors such as Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), and eventually could be detected by ground-based detectors when the two neutron stars coalesce.
Radio transient sources; Gravitational waves; Interacting binary stars
External Galaxies | Stars, Interstellar Medium and the Galaxy
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Fast Radio Bursts from Interacting Binary Neutron Star Systems.
Astrophysical Journal Letters, 890(24),
American Astronomical Society.