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Title: Signs of magnetic acceleration and multizone emission in GRB 080825C

Abstract

One of the major results from the study of gamma-ray bursts with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has been the confirmation that several emission components can be present in the energy spectrum. In this paper, we reanalyse the spectrum of GRB 080825C using data from the Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) and Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments. Although fairly weak, it is the first gamma-ray burst detected by the Fermi-LAT. We improve on the original analysis by using the LAT Low Energy events covering the 30–100 MeV band. We find evidence of an additional component above the main emission peak (modelled using a Band function) with a significance of 3.5σ in two out of the four time bins. The component is well fitted by a Planck function, but shows unusual behaviour: the peak energy increases in the prompt emission phase, reaching energies of several MeV. This is the first time such a trend has been seen, and implies that the origin of this component is different from those previously detected. We suggest that the two spectral components likely arise in different regions of the outflow, and that strong constraints can be achieved by assuming one of them originates from the photosphere. Finally,more » the most promising model appears to be that the high-energy peak is the result of photospheric emission in a Poynting flux dominated outflow where the magnetization increases with time.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Max Planck Inst. for Physics, Munich (Germany); KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). Oskar Klein Center for CosmoParticle Physics
  2. KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). Oskar Klein Center for CosmoParticle Physics; Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Max Planck Inst. for Physics, Munich (Germany); KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
Contributing Org.:
Fermi-LAT Collaboration; Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)
OSTI Identifier:
1355692
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 458; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher:
Royal Astronomical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; radiation mechanisms; data analysis methods; gamma-ray burst GRB080825C

Citation Formats

Moretti, Elena, and Axelsson, Magnus. Signs of magnetic acceleration and multizone emission in GRB 080825C. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw432.
Moretti, Elena, & Axelsson, Magnus. Signs of magnetic acceleration and multizone emission in GRB 080825C. United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw432.
Moretti, Elena, and Axelsson, Magnus. Thu . "Signs of magnetic acceleration and multizone emission in GRB 080825C". United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw432. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1355692.
@article{osti_1355692,
title = {Signs of magnetic acceleration and multizone emission in GRB 080825C},
author = {Moretti, Elena and Axelsson, Magnus},
abstractNote = {One of the major results from the study of gamma-ray bursts with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has been the confirmation that several emission components can be present in the energy spectrum. In this paper, we reanalyse the spectrum of GRB 080825C using data from the Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) and Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments. Although fairly weak, it is the first gamma-ray burst detected by the Fermi-LAT. We improve on the original analysis by using the LAT Low Energy events covering the 30–100 MeV band. We find evidence of an additional component above the main emission peak (modelled using a Band function) with a significance of 3.5σ in two out of the four time bins. The component is well fitted by a Planck function, but shows unusual behaviour: the peak energy increases in the prompt emission phase, reaching energies of several MeV. This is the first time such a trend has been seen, and implies that the origin of this component is different from those previously detected. We suggest that the two spectral components likely arise in different regions of the outflow, and that strong constraints can be achieved by assuming one of them originates from the photosphere. Finally, the most promising model appears to be that the high-energy peak is the result of photospheric emission in a Poynting flux dominated outflow where the magnetization increases with time.},
doi = {10.1093/mnras/stw432},
journal = {Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
number = 2,
volume = 458,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {3}
}

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