On the origin of a highly dispersed coherent radio burst

E. F. Keane, B. W. Stappers, M. Kramer, A. G. Lyne
2012 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters  
We discuss the possible source of a highly-dispersed radio transient discovered in the Parkes Multi-beam Pulsar Survey (PMPS). The pulse has a dispersion measure of 746cm^-3pc, a peak flux density of 400 mJy for the observed pulse width of 7.8 ms, and a flat spectrum across a 288-MHz band centred on 1374 MHz. The flat spectrum suggests that the pulse did not originate from a pulsar, but is consistent with radio-emitting magnetar spectra. The non-detection of subsequent bursts constrains any
more » ... ible pulsar period to ≳1 s, and the pulse energy distribution to being much flatter than typical giant pulse emitting pulsars. The burst is also consistent with the radio signal theorised from an annihilating mini black hole. Extrapolating the PMPS detection rate, provides a limit of Ω_BH≲5×10^-14 on the density of these objects. We investigate the consistency of these two scenarios, plus several other possible solutions, as potential explanations to the origin of the pulse, as well as for another transient with similar properties: the Lorimer Burst.
doi:10.1111/j.1745-3933.2012.01306.x fatcat:p3qvxmij7rehjblbtfumwbyhjy