Title

On the True Fractions of Repeating and Nonrepeating Fast Radio Burst Sources

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-6-2021

Publication Title

Astrophysical Journal Letters

Volume

906

Issue

1

First page number:

1

Last page number:

10

Abstract

Observationally, fast radio bursts (FRBs) can be divided into repeating and apparently nonrepeating (one-off) ones. It is unclear whether all FRBs repeat and whether there are genuine nonrepeating FRBs. We attempt to address these questions using Monte Carlo simulations. We define a parameter T c at which the accumulated number of nonrepeating sources becomes comparable to the total number of repeating sources, which is a good proxy to denote the intrinsic repeater fraction among FRBs. Assuming that both types of sources exist and their burst energies follow power-law distributions, we investigate how the observed repeater fraction evolves with time for different parameters. If the lifetime of repeaters is sufficiently long that the evolutionary effect can be neglected within the observational time span, unless T c → ∞ (i.e., there is no genuine nonrepeating FRB source), the observed repeater fraction should increase with time first, reach a peak, and then decline. The peak time T p and peak fraction F r,obs,p depend on T c and other repeating rate parameters. With the current data, we pose a lower limit... (see full abstract in article).

Disciplines

Physics

Language

English

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