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Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically

Bloom, JS, Butler, NR and Perley, DA (2008) Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1000 (11). pp. 11-15. ISSN 0094-243X

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From Galactic binary sources, to extragalactic magnetized neutron stars, to long-duration GRBs without associated supernovae, the types of sources we now believe capable of producing bursts of gamma-rays continues to grow apace. With this emergent diversity comes the recognition that the traditional and newly formulated high-energy observables used for identifying sub-classes does not provide an adequate one-to-one mapping to progenitors. The popular classification of some >100sec duration GRBs as short bursts is not only an unpalatable retronym and syntactically oxymoronic but highlights the difficultly of using what was once a purely phenomenological classification to encode our understanding of the physics that gives rise to the events. Here we propose a physically based classification scheme designed to coexist with the phenomenological system already in place and argue for its utility and necessity. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Reproduced from Bloom, J., Butler, N. & Perley, D. Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol:100, pp: 11-15.2008. with the permission of AIP Publishing
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: AIP Publishing
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 11:34
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:31
DOI or ID number: 10.1063/1.2943423
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6518
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