An analysis of Chandra Deep follow-up gamma-ray bursts: Implications for Off-axis Jets

Bin-Bin Zhang, Hendrik van Eerten, David N. Burrows, Geoffrey Scott Ryan, Philip A. Evans, Judith L. Racusin, Eleanora Troja, Andrew MacFadyen

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Abstract

We present a sample of 27 gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) with detailed Swift light curves supplemented by late-time Chandra observations. To answer the missing jet-break problem in general, we develop a numerical-simulation-based model that can be directly fit to the data using Monte Carlo methods. Our numerical model takes into account all the factors that can shape a jet break: (i) lateral expansion, (ii) edge effects, and (iii) off-axis effects. Our results provide improved fits to the light curves and constraints on physical parameters. More importantly, our results suggest that off-axis effects are important and must be included in interpretations of GRB jet breaks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15
Number of pages1
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume806
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • gamma-ray burst: general, methods: numerical

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