Swift highlights and flares (back to the drawing board?)

G. Chincarini*, R. Margutti

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Swift opened up a new era in the study of gamma-ray burst sources (GRB). Among a variety of discoveries made possible by Swift, here we focus on GRB 090423, the event at z = 8.2 which currently holds the record of the most distant celestial object ever caught by human instrumentation. This GRB allowed us to have a direct look at the early Universe. The central engine activity giving origin to the GRB emission is also discussed starting from the observational findings of an updated GRB X-ray flares catalog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1733-1743
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics D
Volume20
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gamma-ray sources
  • Gamma-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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