Evidence for a Bright-edged Jet in the Optical/Near-infrared Afterglow of GRB 160625B

Robert Strausbaugh, Nathaniel Butler, William H. Lee, Eleonora Troja, Alan M. Watson

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    Using deep and high-cadence gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglow data from the Reionization And Transients Infra-Red/Optical camera, we observe a sharp and achromatic light curve break 12.6 days after the GRB, accompanied by an approximately achromatic bump. Fitting of the optical, near-infrared, and X-ray data suggest a very narrow (2°) jet that remains collimated at late time. We argue that the sharp light curve bump suggests an edge-brightened jet, perhaps emitting only during a brief period of lateral jet expansion. The light curve also exhibits a gradual spectral evolution lasting >10 days. The evolution of the flux can be modeled as , with a temporal slope α = -0.956 0.003 and a gradually time-varying spectral slope .

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article numberL6
    JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
    Volume873
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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    Keywords

    • gamma-ray burst: general
    • gamma-ray burst: individual (GRB 160625B)
    • stars: jets

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    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science

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    Evidence for a Bright-edged Jet in the Optical/Near-infrared Afterglow of GRB 160625B. / Strausbaugh, Robert; Butler, Nathaniel; Lee, William H.; Troja, Eleonora; Watson, Alan M.

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    Strausbaugh, Robert ; Butler, Nathaniel ; Lee, William H. ; Troja, Eleonora ; Watson, Alan M. / Evidence for a Bright-edged Jet in the Optical/Near-infrared Afterglow of GRB 160625B. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 873, No. 1.
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