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Title: THE GAMMA-RAY BURST HUBBLE DIAGRAM AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR COSMOLOGY

In this paper, we continue to build support for the proposal to use gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) as standard candles in constructing the Hubble diagram at redshifts beyond the current reach of Type Ia supernova observations. We confirm that correlations among certain spectral and light-curve features can indeed be used as luminosity indicators, and demonstrate from the most up-to-date GRB sample appropriate for this work that the {Lambda}CDM model optimized with these data is characterized by parameter values consistent with those in the concordance model. Specifically, we find that ({Omega}{sub m},{Omega}{sub {Lambda}}){approx}(0.25{sub -0.06}{sup +0.05}, 0.75{sub -0.05}{sup +0.06}), which are consistent, to within 1{sigma}, with (0.29, 0.71) obtained from the 9 yr Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe data. We also carry out a comparative analysis between {Lambda}CDM and the R{sub h} = ct universe and find that the optimal {Lambda}CDM model fits the GRB Hubble diagram with a reduced {chi}{sup 2}{sub dof}{approx}2.26, whereas the fit using R{sub h} = ct results in a {chi}{sup 2}{sub dof}{approx}2.14. In both cases, about 20% of the events lie at least 2{sigma} away from the best-fit curves, suggesting that either some contamination by non-standard GRB luminosities is unavoidable or that the errors and intrinsic scatter associated withmore » the data are being underestimated. With these optimized fits, we use three statistical tools-the Akaike information criterion, the Kullback information criterion, and the Bayes information criterion-to show that, based on the GRB Hubble diagram, the likelihood of R{sub h} = ct being closer to the correct model is {approx}85%-96%, compared to {approx}4%-15% for {Lambda}CDM.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008 (China)
  2. Department of Physics, Applied Math Program, and Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, AZ 85721 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22121874
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 772; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANISOTROPY; COSMIC GAMMA BURSTS; COSMOLOGY; ERRORS; HUBBLE EFFECT; LUMINOSITY; MICROWAVE RADIATION; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; RED SHIFT; UNIVERSE; VISIBLE RADIATION