NS-NS Merger (Mag. Reconnection)

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Summary Table
Category Progenitor Type Energy Mechanism Emission Mechanism Counterparts References Brief Comments
LF Radio HF Radio Microwave Terahertz Optical/IR X-rays Gamma-rays Gravitational Waves Neutrinos
Merger NS-NS Both Mag. reconnection Curv. Yes (excl. self absorption) Yes  ?  ? Kilonova Afterglow sGRB
if jet aligned
Yes -- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016ApJ...822L...7W None

Definitions: LF Radio (3 MHz to 3 GHz); HF Radio (3 GHz to 30 GHz); Microwave (30 to 300 GHz)


Model Description

This is an FRB model where the merger of two neutron stars would lead to the generation of an isotropic radio pulse. As the NSs approach each other during the final stages of their inspiral, a toroidal magnetic field is induced around the star’s individual magnetic field lines. The toroidal field strength eventually builds up to rival the poloidal field of the NS magnetospheres, resulting in magnetic reconnection. After reconnection, the toroidal magnetic field becomes weak again and the process can repeat as the NSs continue to spiral inwards. If emission occurs for two orbital periods, a double peaked FRB could be observed. In this theory, the merger product is presumed to be a rapidly spinning BH.

Observational Constraints

In general this model would predict that FRBs arise from old stellar populations where NS-NS binary systems have had time to form and evolve into compact orbits.