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By Vedrenne G., Atteia J.-L.

ISBN-10: 3540390855

ISBN-13: 9783540390855

When you consider that their discovery was once first introduced in 1973, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) were one of the so much fascination gadgets within the universe. whereas the preliminary secret has long gone, the fascination keeps, sustained by way of the shut connection linking GRBs with one of the most primary subject matters in glossy astrophysics and cosmology. either authors were energetic in GRB observations for over 20 years and feature produced a superb account on either the historical past and the views of GRB examine.

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Introduction Introduction of the reverse shock (within the ejecta), which can explain the strong optical ¯ashes and radio ¯ares. Collimation of the GRB out¯ow. This is a good way to avoid having exceedingly large radiated energy for some bright bursts at high redshift. The signature of collimation was searched for very early in optical afterglow light-curves and it is discussed in the context of the standard model. Another consequence of GRB beaming is the existence of `orphan afterglows' from GRB jets which do not point towards the Earth.

1981a). with the High Energy X-ray and Low Energy Gamma Ray Experiment on HEAO-1. In the bright GRB 800419, Dennis et al. 5 s. This observation was made with the hard X-ray burst spectrometer on SMM. For GRB 781119, ISEE 3 using a germanium spectrometer reported the observation of two spectral features: a broad line at 420 keV and a narrower one at 740 keV (their ®gure 6). That line was attributed to 56 Fe nuclear de-excitation at 847 keV that was gravitationally redshifted by 10±18% again compatible with current NS models (Teegarden & Cline 1981).

Of course neither the type of starÐmassive star, single or in binary systemÐnor its rotation rate, nor its metallicity, are known, but the framework seems solid. The shocks have been questioned, so more work has to be done on electromagnetic models, which transport energy in the GRB out¯ow by the magnetic ®eld, whose dissipation produces the radiation without involving shocks. We conclude Chapter 9 with optimistic words about the future of this ®eld and with a tribute to the pioneers who started the study of GRBs with small high-energy detectors on satellites and interplanetary probes, and who never gave up through the long dark years during which the clues on the nature of these mysterious GRBs were escaping.

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