A model for the repeating FRB 121102 in the AGN scenario
1 Departament de Física Quàntica i AstrofísicaInstitut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, IEEC-UB, Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2 Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR, CCT La Plata, CONICET; CICPBA), C.C.5, (1984) Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque s/n, 1900, La Plata, Argentina
4 Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
5 Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
Received: 3 February 2017
Accepted: 19 April 2017
Context. Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are transient sources of unknown origin. Recent radio and optical observations have provided strong evidence for an extragalactic origin of the phenomenon and the precise localization of the repeating FRB 121102. Observations using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI) have revealed the existence of a continuum non-thermal radio source consistent with the location of the bursts in a dwarf galaxy. All these new data rule out several models that were previously proposed, and impose stringent constraints to new models.
Aims. We aim to model FRB 121102 in light of the new observational results in the active galactic nucleus (AGN) scenario.
Methods. We propose a model for repeating FRBs in which a non-steady relativistic e±-beam, accelerated by an impulsive magnetohydrodynamic driven mechanism, interacts with a cloud at the centre of a star-forming dwarf galaxy. The interaction generates regions of high electrostatic field called cavitons in the plasma cloud. Turbulence is also produced in the beam. These processes, plus particle isotropization, the interaction scale, and light retardation effects, provide the necessary ingredients for short-lived, bright coherent radiation bursts.
Results. The mechanism studied in this work explains the general properties of FRB 121102, and may also be applied to other repetitive FRBs.
Conclusions. Coherent emission from electrons and positrons accelerated in cavitons provides a plausible explanation of FRBs.
Key words: radio continuum: general / galaxies: dwarf / galaxies: jets / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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