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The fireball shock model of gamma ray bursts

Mészáros, P. (2000) The fireball shock model of gamma ray bursts. In: Cosmic Explosions: Tenth Astrophysics Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.522. American Institute of Physics , Melville, New York, pp. 213-225. ISBN 1563969432.

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Gamma-ray bursts are thought to be the outcome of a cataclysmic event leading to a relativistically expanding fireball, in which particles are accelerated at shocks and produce nonthermal radiation. We discuss the theoretical predictions of the fireball shock model and its general agreement with observations. Some of the recent work deals with the collimation of the outflow and its implications for the energetics, the production of prompt bright flashes at wavelengths much longer than gamma-rays, the time structure of the afterglow, its dependence on the central engine or progenitor system behavior, and the role of the environment on the evolution of the afterglow.

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Additional Information:© 2000 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 23 June 2000. I thank M.J. Rees, A. Panaitescu, M. Spada and C. Weth for stimulating collaborations, NASA NAG-5 2857, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Division of Physics, Math & Astronomy, Astronomy Visitor and Merle Kingsley funds at Caltech.
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Subject Keywords:gamma-ray sources (astronomical); astrophysical radiation mechanisms; astronomical spectra; emission; brightness; shock waves; black holes
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:522
Classification Code:PACS: 98.70.Rz; 95.30.Gv
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Official Citation:The fireball shock model of gamma ray bursts P. Meszaros, AIP Conf. Proc. 522, 213 (2000), DOI:10.1063/1.1291716
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Deposited By: Jason Perez
Deposited On:30 Nov 2011 23:02
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