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Physical Processes Shaping Gamma-Ray Burst X-Ray Afterglow Light Curves: Theoretical Implications from the Swift X-Ray Telescope Observations
With the successful launch of the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Explorer, a rich trove of early X-ray afterglow data has been collected by its onboard X-Ray Telescope (XRT). Some interesting features areExpand
The physics of gamma-ray bursts & relativistic jets
Abstract We provide a comprehensive review of major developments in our understanding of gamma-ray bursts, with particular focus on the discoveries made within the last fifteen years when their trueExpand
Gamma-Ray Burst Early Optical Afterglows: Implications for the Initial Lorentz Factor and the Central Engine
Early optical afterglows have been observed from GRB 990123, GRB 021004, and GRB 021211, which reveal rich emission features attributed to reverse shocks. It is expected that Swift will discover manyExpand
A complete reference of the analytical synchrotron external shock models of gamma-ray bursts
Gamma-ray bursts are most luminous explosions in the universe. Their ejecta are believed to move towards Earth with a relativistic speed. The interaction between this "relativistic jet" and aExpand
Making a Short Gamma-Ray Burst from a Long one: Implications for the Nature of GRB 060614
The absence of a supernova accompanying the nearby long GRB 060614 poses a great puzzle about the progenitor of this event and challenges the current GRB classification scheme. This burst displays aExpand
Mergers of Charged Black Holes: Gravitational Wave Events, Short Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Fast Radio Bursts
The discoveries of GW 150914, GW 151226, and LVT 151012 suggest that double black hole (BH-BH) mergers are common in the universe. If at least one of the two merging black holes carries certainExpand
Extra-galactic high-energy transients: event rate densities and luminosity functions
Several types of extra-galactic high-energy transients have been discovered, which include high-luminosity and low-luminosity long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), short-duration GRBs, supernovaExpand
GRB 021004: Reverse Shock Emission
We show that the rebrightening in the GRB 021004 optical afterglow light curve can be explained within the framework of the standard fireball model. The optical light curve of the forward shockExpand
STATISTICAL PROPERTIES OF GAMMA-RAY BURST POLARIZATION
The emission mechanism and the origin and structure of magnetic fields in gamma-ray burst (GRB) jets are among the most important open questions concerning the nature of the central engine of GRBs.Expand
Jet Breaks in Short Gamma-Ray Bursts. II. The Collimated Afterglow of GRB 051221A
We report the results of the Chandra observations of the Swift-discovered short gamma-ray burst GRB 050724. Chandra observed this burst twice, about 2 days after the burst and a second time 3 weeksExpand
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