An exceptionally bright flare from SGR 1806–20 and the origins of short-duration γ-ray bursts

@article{Hurley2005AnEB,
  title={An exceptionally bright flare from SGR 1806–20 and the origins of short-duration γ-ray bursts},
  author={K. Hurley and S. Boggs and D. M. Smith and R. Duncan and R. Lin and A. Zoglauer and S. Krucker and G. Hurford and H. Hudson and C. Wigger and W. Hajdas and C. Thompson and I. Mitrofanov and A. Sanin and W. Boynton and C. Fellows and A. V. Kienlin and G. Lichti and A. Rau and T. Cline},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={434},
  pages={1098-1103}
}
  • K. Hurley, S. Boggs, +17 authors T. Cline
  • Published 2005
  • Physics
  • Nature
  • Soft-γ-ray repeaters (SGRs) are galactic X-ray stars that emit numerous short-duration (about 0.1 s) bursts of hard X-rays during sporadic active periods. They are thought to be magnetars: strongly magnetized neutron stars with emissions powered by the dissipation of magnetic energy. Here we report the detection of a long (380 s) giant flare from SGR 1806–20, which was much more luminous than any previous transient event observed in our Galaxy. (In the first 0.2 s, the flare released as much… CONTINUE READING
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