The everlasting X-ray afterglow of GRB 060729

Dirk Grupe, David Nelson Burrows, Xiang Yu Wang, Xue Feng Wu, Bing Zhang, Gordon Garmire

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The X-ray afterglow of GRB 060729 had the latest detection of an X-ray afterglow ever, at 640 days after the burst. It was detected by Swift up to 125 days after the trigger and later by Chandra with follow-up observations in 2007 and 2008 with the latest observations in May 2008. These observations indicate two breaks in the X-ray light curve of the afterglow at about 1Ms and one year after the burst respectively. The first break at 1.2 Ms after the burst coincides with a hardening in the X-ray spectrum. The second break at about one year after the burst is followed by a very steep decay of Fxt-4.59 and coincides with a spectral softening. The first break can be interpreted as a cooling break in the wind medium scenario, at which the cooling frequency of the x-ray afterglow just crosses the x-ray band, while the second break is less well-understood. Based on these interpretations, we estimated a jet half opening angle of > 14°. A comparison with other bright X-ray afterglows shows that GRB 060729 has been one of the most energetic bursts ever seen with a total beaming-corrected energy in the rest-frame 2-10 keV band of E2-10keV > 2.1 x 10 ergs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGamma-Ray Burst - 6th Huntsville Symposium
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009
Event6th Huntsville Symposium on Gamma-Ray Bursts - Huntsville, AL, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2008Oct 23 2008


Other6th Huntsville Symposium on Gamma-Ray Bursts
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHuntsville, AL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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