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GRB afterglow light curves from uniform and non-uniform jets
Wei, DM; Jin, ZP
2003-03-01
Source PublicationASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
Volume400Issue:2Pages:415-419
AbstractIt is widely believed that gamma-ray bursts are produced by a jet-like outflows directed towards the observer, and the jet opening angle (theta(j)) is often inferred from the time at which there is a break in the afterglow light curves. Here we calculate the GRB afterglow light curves from a relativistic jet as seen by observers at a wide range of viewing angles (theta(v)) from the jet axis, and the jet is uniform or non-uniform (the energy per unit solid angle decreases smoothly away from the axis epsilon(theta) proportional to (theta/theta(c))(-k)). We find that, for uniform jet (k = 0), the afterglow light curves for different viewing angles are somewhat different: in general, there are two breaks in the light curve, the first one corresponds to the time at which gamma similar to (theta(j) - theta(v))(-1), and the second one corresponds to the time when gamma similar to (theta(j) + theta(v))(-1). However, for non-uniform jet, the things become more complicated. For the case theta(v) = 0, we can obtain the analytical results, for k < 8/(p+4) (where p is the spectral index of electron energy distribution) there should be two breaks in the light curve correspond to γ &SIM; θ(-1)(c) and gamma similar to theta(j)(-1) respectively, while for k > 8/(p + 4) there should be only one break corresponds to gamma similar to theta(c)(-1), and this provides a possible explanation for some rapidly fading afterglows whose light curves have no breaks since the time at which gamma similar to theta(c)(-1) is much earlier than our first observation time. For the case theta(v) not equal 0, our numerical results show that, the afterglow light curves are strongly affected by the values of theta(v), theta(c) and k. If theta(v) is close to theta(c) and k is small, then the light curve is similar to the case of k = 0, except the flux is somewhat lower. However, if the values of theta(v)/theta(c) and k are larger, there will be a prominent flattening in the afterglow light curve, which is quite different from the uniform jet, and after the flattening a very sharp break will be occurred at the time gamma similar to (theta(v) + theta(c))(-1).
KeywordGamma Rays : Bursts Ism : Jets And Outflows
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
DOI10.1051/0004-6361:20030007
WOS KeywordGAMMA-RAY BURST ; OPTICAL AFTERGLOW ; FIREBALL MODEL
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000181298700003
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://libir.pmo.ac.cn/handle/332002/15824
Collection宇宙伽马暴、中子星及相关物理研究团组
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, Nanjing, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing 100864, Peoples R China
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Wei, DM,Jin, ZP. GRB afterglow light curves from uniform and non-uniform jets[J]. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS,2003,400(2):415-419.
APA Wei, DM,&Jin, ZP.(2003).GRB afterglow light curves from uniform and non-uniform jets.ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS,400(2),415-419.
MLA Wei, DM,et al."GRB afterglow light curves from uniform and non-uniform jets".ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 400.2(2003):415-419.
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