Optical emission from a kilonova following a gravitational-wave-detected neutron-star merger.

Abstract

The merger of two neutron stars has been predicted to produce an optical-infrared transient (lasting a few days) known as a 'kilonova', powered by the radioactive decay of neutron-rich species synthesized in the merger. Evidence that short γ-ray bursts also arise from neutron-star mergers has been accumulating. In models of such mergers, a small amount of… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/nature24291

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@article{Arcavi2017OpticalEF, title={Optical emission from a kilonova following a gravitational-wave-detected neutron-star merger.}, author={Iair Arcavi and Griffin Hosseinzadeh and Daniel Howell and Curtis McCully and Dovi Poznanski and Daniel Kasen and Jennifer J Barnes and Michael Zaltzman and Sergiy Vasylyev and Dan Maoz and Stefano Valenti}, journal={Nature}, year={2017} }