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Polarized emission from Gamma-Ray Burst jets

Kobayashi, S (2017) Polarized emission from Gamma-Ray Burst jets. Galaxies, 5 (4). ISSN 2075-4434

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Abstract

I review how polarization signals have been discussed in the research field of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). I mainly discuss two subjects in which polarimetry enables us to study the nature of relativistic jets. (1) Jet breaks: Gamma-ray bursts are produced in ultra-relativistic jets. Due to the relativistic beaming effect, the emission can be modeled in a spherical model at early times. However, as the jet gradually slows down, we begin to see the edge of the jet together with polarized signals at some point. (2) Optical flash: later time afterglow is known to be insensitive to the properties of the original ejecta from the GRB central engine. However, a short-lived, reverse shock emission would enable us to study the nature of of GRB jets. I also briefly discuss the recent detection of optical circular polarization in GRB afterglow. © 2017 by the authors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: MDPI
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 11:27
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2018 08:37
DOI or Identification number: 10.3390/galaxies5040080
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7726

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