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Title: An Ordinary Short Gamma-Ray Burst with Extraordinary Implications: Fermi -GBM Detection of GRB 170817A

Abstract

On 2017 August 17 at 12:41:06 UTC the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) detected and triggered on the short gamma-ray burst (GRB) 170817A. Approximately 1.7 s prior to this GRB, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory triggered on a binary compact merger candidate associated with the GRB. This is the first unambiguous coincident observation of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from a single astrophysical source and marks the start of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. We report the GBM observations and analysis of this ordinary short GRB, which extraordinarily confirms that at least some short GRBs are produced by binary compact mergers.

Authors:
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  1. Science and Technology Institute, Universities Space Research Association, Huntsville, AL 35805 (United States)
  2. Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899 (United States)
  3. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (United States)
  4. Astrophysics Office, ST12, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 35812 (United States)
  5. Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany)
  6. Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College, MN 55057 (United States)
  7. Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States)
  8. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22654367
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 848; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; APPROXIMATIONS; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; COSMIC GAMMA BURSTS; DETECTION; GAMMA DETECTION; GAMMA RADIATION; GRAVITATIONAL WAVES; INTERFEROMETERS

Citation Formats

Goldstein, A., Roberts, O. J., Connaughton, V., Veres, P., Briggs, M. S., Hamburg, R., Preece, R. D., Poolakkil, S., Burns, E., Racusin, J., Canton, T. Dal, Kocevski, D., Wilson-Hodge, C. A., Hui, C. M., Littenberg, T., Kienlin, A. von, Christensen, N., Broida, J., Siellez, K., Blackburn, L., E-mail: Adam.M.Goldstein@nasa.gov, and and others. An Ordinary Short Gamma-Ray Burst with Extraordinary Implications: Fermi -GBM Detection of GRB 170817A. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.3847/2041-8213/AA8F41.
Goldstein, A., Roberts, O. J., Connaughton, V., Veres, P., Briggs, M. S., Hamburg, R., Preece, R. D., Poolakkil, S., Burns, E., Racusin, J., Canton, T. Dal, Kocevski, D., Wilson-Hodge, C. A., Hui, C. M., Littenberg, T., Kienlin, A. von, Christensen, N., Broida, J., Siellez, K., Blackburn, L., E-mail: Adam.M.Goldstein@nasa.gov, & and others. An Ordinary Short Gamma-Ray Burst with Extraordinary Implications: Fermi -GBM Detection of GRB 170817A. United States. doi:10.3847/2041-8213/AA8F41.
Goldstein, A., Roberts, O. J., Connaughton, V., Veres, P., Briggs, M. S., Hamburg, R., Preece, R. D., Poolakkil, S., Burns, E., Racusin, J., Canton, T. Dal, Kocevski, D., Wilson-Hodge, C. A., Hui, C. M., Littenberg, T., Kienlin, A. von, Christensen, N., Broida, J., Siellez, K., Blackburn, L., E-mail: Adam.M.Goldstein@nasa.gov, and and others. Fri . "An Ordinary Short Gamma-Ray Burst with Extraordinary Implications: Fermi -GBM Detection of GRB 170817A". United States. doi:10.3847/2041-8213/AA8F41.
@article{osti_22654367,
title = {An Ordinary Short Gamma-Ray Burst with Extraordinary Implications: Fermi -GBM Detection of GRB 170817A},
author = {Goldstein, A. and Roberts, O. J. and Connaughton, V. and Veres, P. and Briggs, M. S. and Hamburg, R. and Preece, R. D. and Poolakkil, S. and Burns, E. and Racusin, J. and Canton, T. Dal and Kocevski, D. and Wilson-Hodge, C. A. and Hui, C. M. and Littenberg, T. and Kienlin, A. von and Christensen, N. and Broida, J. and Siellez, K. and Blackburn, L., E-mail: Adam.M.Goldstein@nasa.gov and and others},
abstractNote = {On 2017 August 17 at 12:41:06 UTC the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) detected and triggered on the short gamma-ray burst (GRB) 170817A. Approximately 1.7 s prior to this GRB, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory triggered on a binary compact merger candidate associated with the GRB. This is the first unambiguous coincident observation of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from a single astrophysical source and marks the start of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. We report the GBM observations and analysis of this ordinary short GRB, which extraordinarily confirms that at least some short GRBs are produced by binary compact mergers.},
doi = {10.3847/2041-8213/AA8F41},
journal = {Astrophysical Journal Letters},
number = 2,
volume = 848,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Oct 20 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Oct 20 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}