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Position: Home > issue > November 28, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 4
Repeating fast radio bursts from collapses of the crust of a strange star
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Author: Jinjun Geng, Bing Li, Yongfeng Huang

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Strange stars (SSs) are compact objects made of deconfined quarks. It is hard to distinguish SSs from neutron stars as a thin crust composed of normal hadronic matter may exist and obscure the whole surface of the SS. Here we suggest that the intriguing repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) are produced by the intermittent fractional collapses of the crust of an SS induced by refilling of materials accreted from its low-mass companion. The periodic/sporadic/clustered temporal behaviors of FRBs could be well understood in our scenario.





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