Observation of contemporaneous optical radiation from a γ-ray burst

@article{Akerlof1999ObservationOC,
  title={Observation of contemporaneous optical radiation from a γ-ray burst},
  author={C. Akerlof and R. Balsano and S. Barthelmy and J. Bloch and P. Butterworth and D. Casperson and T. Cline and S. Fletcher and F. Frontera and G. Gisler and J. Heise and J. Hills and R. Kehoe and B. Lee and S. Marshall and T. McKay and R. Miller and L. Piro and W. Priedhorsky and J. Szymanski and J. Wren},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={398},
  pages={400-402}
}
  • C. Akerlof, R. Balsano, +18 authors J. Wren
  • Published 1999
  • Physics
  • Nature
  • The origin of γ-ray bursts (GRBs) has been enigmatic since their discovery. The situation improved dramatically in 1997, when the rapid availability of precise coordinates, for the bursts allowed the detection of faint optical and radio afterglows — optical spectra thus obtained have demonstrated conclusively that the bursts occur at cosmological distances. But, despite efforts by several groups, optical detection has not hitherto been achieved during the brief duration of a burst. Here we… CONTINUE READING
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