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Gamma-ray Burst Correlations

Current status and open questions
Dr Maria Dainotti


Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) release the same amount of energy in a mere matter of seconds as the sun does in its lifetime. Gamma-ray Burst Correlations presents an overview of the observational correlations, their physical interpretations, their use as redshift estimators, and their potential use as cosmological tools. The author describes the existing correlations as well as broaching the possible meaning and controversy behind the results, and the applicability of several GRB correlations as model discriminators and cosmological indicators. A description of selection bias and the attempts made so far in order to use them as standard candles can help scientists to find the key to solve this puzzling problem. Covering an ever-expanding topic, this book will reach a wide audience, including students and researchers within the astronomical community.

About Editors

Maria Dainotti received her PhD in relativistic astrophysics from the Sapienza University of Rome. She has since focussed her research on high-energy astrophysics, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and related astrophysical phenomena. Her research has led her to discover several important GRB relations and how to use GRBs as valuable cosmological tools. She currently works at Stanford University supported by an American Astronomical Society Chrétien International Grant, and is concurrently serving as an assistant professor at Jagiellonian University.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - GRB models

Chapter 3 - The GRB correlations among prompt parameters

Chapter 4 - Selection effects on Prompt Correlations

Chapter 5 - Redshift Estimator and Cosmology with the Prompt Relations

Chapter 6 - The Afterglow Relations

Chapter 7 - Correlations among prompt-Afterglow parameters

Chapter 8 - Selection Effects in the afterglow and prompt-afterglow correlations

Chapter 9 - Redshift Estimator

Chapter 10 - Applications of GRB afterglow correlations



Hardback ISBN: 9780750315739

Ebook ISBN: 9780750315753

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2563/aae15c

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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