High energy radiation from gamma ray bursts

Dermer, Charles D.; Chiang, James
June 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 515 Issue 1, p225
Academic Journal
Gamma-ray burst (GRB) engines are probed most intimately during the prompt gamma-ray luminous phase when the expanding blast wave is closest to the explosion center. Using GRBs 990123 and 940217 as guides, we briefly review observations of high-energy emission from GRBs and summarize some problems in GRB physics. γγ transparency arguments imply relativistic beaming. The parameters that go into the external shock model are stated, and we show numerical simulation results of gamma-ray light curves from relativistic blast waves with different amounts of baryon loading. A distinct component due to the synchrotron self-Compton process produces significant emission at GeV and TeV energies. Predictions for spectral and temporal evolution at these energies are presented for a blast wave expanding into uniform surroundings. Observations of the slow decay of GeV-TeV radiation provides evidence for ultra-high energy cosmic ray acceleration in GRBs. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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