Gamma-ray bursts as the death throes of massive binary stars

@article{Narayan1992GammarayBA,
  title={Gamma-ray bursts as the death throes of massive binary stars},
  author={Ramesh Narayan and Bohdan Paczy'nski and Tsvi Piran},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={1992},
  volume={395}
}
We propose that gamma-ray bursts are created in the mergers of double neutron star binaries and black hole neutron star binaries at cosmological distances. Two different processes provide the electromagnetic energy for the bursts: neutrino-antineutrino annihilation into electron-position pairs during the merger, and magnetic flares generated by the Parker instability in a postmerger differentially rotating disk. In both cases, an optically thick fireball of size less than or approximately equal… 

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