Electromagnetic counterparts of compact object mergers powered by the radioactive decay of r‐process nuclei

@article{Metzger2010ElectromagneticCO,
  title={Electromagnetic counterparts of compact object mergers powered by the radioactive decay of r‐process nuclei},
  author={Brian D. Metzger and Gabriel Mart{\'i}nez-Pinedo and Siva Darbha and Eliot Quataert and Almudena Arcones and Daniel Kasen and R. C. Thomas and Peter E. Nugent and I. V. Panov and Nikolaj Thomas Zinner},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={406},
  pages={2650-2662}
}
The most promising astrophysical sources of kHz gravitational waves (GWs) are the inspiral and merger of binary neutron star(NS)/black hole systems. Maximizing the scientific return of a GW detection will require identifying a coincident electromagnetic (EM) counterpart. One of the most likely sources of isotropic EM emission from compact object mergers is a supernova-like transient powered by the radioactive decay of heavy elements synthesized in ejecta from the merger. We present the first… 

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