The central engine of gamma-ray bursters

  title={The central engine of gamma-ray bursters},
  author={Wlodek Kluźniak},
Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are thought to arise in relativistic blast-wave shocks at distances of 10 15.5±1.0 cm from the point where the explosive energy is initially released. 1,2 To account for the observed duration and variability of the γ-ray emission in most GRBs, a central engine powering the shocks must remain active for several seconds to many minutes but must strongly fluctuate in its output on much shorter timescales. 2 We show how a neutron star differentially rotating at millisecond… CONTINUE READING


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