Fast radio bursts may originate from nearby flaring stars

@article{Loeb2013FastRB,
  title={Fast radio bursts may originate from nearby flaring stars},
  author={Abraham Loeb and Yossi Shvartzvald and Dan Maoz},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={439},
  pages={46}
}
Six cases of fast radio bursts (FRBs) have recently been discovered. The FRBs are bright (~0.1 - 1 Jy) and brief (~ 1 ms) pulses of radio emission with dispersion measures (DMs) that exceed Galactic values, and hence FRBs have been interpreted to be at cosmological distances. We propose, instead, that FRBs are rare eruptions of flaring main-sequence stars within ~1 kpc. Rather than associating their excess DM with the intergalactic medium, we relate it to a blanket of coronal plasma around… 

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