WD-WD Merger

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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 WD-WD Single Mag. reconnection Curv. Yes -- -- -- Supernova Afterglow -- -- -- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013ApJ...776L..39K --

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


Model Description

It has been proposed that FRBs may form when a doubly-degenerate binary WD merger forms a rapidly rotating, magnetized, massive WD. The rapid rotation of the WD merger transports, via convection, inner magnetic fields to the polar regions, which greatly enhances the magnetic field strength. In the polar regions, where the magnetic fields are twisted by differential rotation or magnetic instabilities, reconnection is triggered, and electron bunches are injected into the polar region in a timescale comparable with FRBs. The electrons are accelerated to relativistic speeds along magnetic field lines, creating curvature radiation. WDs transfer angular momentum into the surrounding debris disk, rapidly reducing their rotation speed and hampering multiple FRB events.

Observational Constraints

The event rate of such a scenario is consistent with that predicted for FRBs.