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What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?$
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Joshua S. Bloom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145570

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145570.001.0001

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(p.72) 3 Afterglows
What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?

Joshua S. Bloom

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the search for afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). In 1996, Peter Mészáros (Pennsylvania State University) and Martin J. Rees (Cambridge University) began developing a detailed theory of afterglows, positing that long-lived emission should be observed at all wavelengths—a panchromatic phenomenon—as a natural consequence of synchrotron emission from a decelerating blastwave. Though no convincing afterglow had been found to date, the afterglow revolution beginning the following year would quickly confirm the basic theory. The chapter presents the panchromatic observations of GRB afterglows and then discusses afterglow theory and its significant modifications over the years.

Keywords:   gamma-ray bursts, GRBs, afterglow theory, panchromatic observations, GRB afterglows

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