A ‘kilonova’ associated with the short-duration γ-ray burst GRB 130603B

  title={A ‘kilonova’ associated with the short-duration γ-ray burst GRB 130603B},
  author={N. Tanvir and A. Levan and A. Fruchter and J. Hjorth and R. Hounsell and K. Wiersema and R. Tunnicliffe},
  • N. Tanvir, A. Levan, +4 authors R. Tunnicliffe
  • Published 2013
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Short-duration γ-ray bursts are intense flashes of cosmic γ-rays, lasting less than about two seconds, whose origin is unclear. The favoured hypothesis is that they are produced by a relativistic jet created by the merger of two compact stellar objects (specifically two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole). This is supported by indirect evidence such as the properties of their host galaxies, but unambiguous confirmation of the model is still lacking. Mergers of this kind are also… CONTINUE READING
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