Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically

Joshua S. Bloom, Nathaniel Butler, Daniel A. Perley

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Abstract

From Galactic binary sources, to extragalactic magnetized neutron stars, to long-duration GRBs without associated supernovae, the types of sources we now believe capable of producing bursts of gamma-rays continues to grow apace. With this emergent diversity comes the recognition that the traditional and newly formulated high-energy observables used for identifying sub-classes does not provide an adequate one-to-one mapping to progenitors. The popular classification of some >100sec duration GRBs as short bursts is not only an unpalatable retronym and syntactically oxymoronic but highlights the difficultly of using what was once a purely phenomenological classification to encode our understanding of the physics that gives rise to the events. Here we propose a physically based classification scheme designed to coexist with the phenomenological system already in place and argue for its utility and necessity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages11-15
Number of pages5
Volume1000
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007 - Santa Fe, NM, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2007Nov 9 2007

Other

OtherSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Fe, NM
Period11/5/0711/9/07

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Keywords

  • Gamma-ray bursts

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Bloom, J. S., Butler, N., & Perley, D. A. (2008). Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1000, pp. 11-15) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943423

Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. / Bloom, Joshua S.; Butler, Nathaniel; Perley, Daniel A.

AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000 2008. p. 11-15.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bloom, JS, Butler, N & Perley, DA 2008, Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. in AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 1000, pp. 11-15, Santa Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007, Santa Fe, NM, United States, 11/5/07. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943423
Bloom JS, Butler N, Perley DA. Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. In AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000. 2008. p. 11-15 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2943423
Bloom, Joshua S. ; Butler, Nathaniel ; Perley, Daniel A. / Gamma-ray bursts, classified physically. AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1000 2008. pp. 11-15
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