FRB 121102: a star quake-induced repeater?.
Since its initial discovery, the Fast radio burst (FRB) FRB 121102 has been found to be repeating with millisecond-duration pulses. Very recently, 15 new bursts were detected by the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) during its continous monitoring observations. In this letter, we show that the burst energy distribution has a power law form which is very similar to the Gutenberg-Richter law of earthquakes. In addition, the waiting time of the burst has a Gaussian distribution, which is also a distinctive feature of earthquakes. These findings suggest that the repeating FRB pulses may originate from the starquakes of a pulsar. Noting that the soft gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs) also exhibit such distributions, the FRB could be powered by some mechanism associated with the SGRs, including crustal acitivity of a magnetar, solidification-induced stresss of a young strangeon star, and oscillation-drivern magnetic activities of a slowly rotating pulsar. These conjectures could be tested with more repeating samples.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.00541