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Title: A SIZE-DURATION TREND FOR GAMMA-RAY BURST PROGENITORS

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) show a bimodal distribution of durations, separated at a duration of ∼2 s. Observations have confirmed the association of long GRBs with the collapse of massive stars. The origin of short GRBs is still being explored. We examine constraints on the size of emission regions in short and long GRBs detected by Fermi/GBM. We find that the transverse extent of emission regions during the prompt phase, R, and the burst duration, T {sub 90}, are consistent with the relation R ∼ c × T {sub 90}, for both long and short GRBs. We find the characteristic transverse extent for the prompt emission region to be ∼2 × 10{sup 10} cm and ∼4 × 10{sup 11} cm for short and long GRBs, respectively.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS-20, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364940
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 794; 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; ASTROPHYSICS; COSMIC GAMMA BURSTS; DATA ANALYSIS; GRAVITATIONAL COLLAPSE; LIMITING VALUES; ORIGIN; PHOTON EMISSION