Gamma-ray bursts in the light of swift

P. Mészáros

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Abstract

Rapid follow-up of gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglows with the multi-wavelength satellite Swift and other instruments is shedding new light on GRB. This is leading to a reappraisal and expansion of the standard model of the GRB early afterglow behavior and its connection to the prompt gamma-ray emission. New information in the previously poorly known time range from minutes to hours has revealed characteristic properties of the X-ray light curves, including steep decays followed by shallow decays and flares. Other discoveries include the localization and follow-up of short GRB afterglows, localizing long bursts beyond the z≳6 redshift range, the detection of prompt optical/IR emission while the burst is still emitting gamma-rays, the detection and prompt follow-up of supernovae associated with GRB, and challenges to the traditional short-long classification. We review some of the current theoretical interpretations of these new phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTHE MULTICOLORED LANDSCAPE OF COMPACT OBJECTS AND THEIR EXPLOSIVE ORIGINS
Pages3-16
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventTHE MULTICOLORED LANDSCAPE OF COMPACT OBJECTS AND THEIR EXPLOSIVE ORIGINS - Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
Duration: Jun 11 2006Jun 24 2006

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume924
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherTHE MULTICOLORED LANDSCAPE OF COMPACT OBJECTS AND THEIR EXPLOSIVE ORIGINS
CountryItaly
CityCefalu, Sicily
Period6/11/066/24/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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