An on-line library of afterglow light curves

Hendrik J. van Eerten, Andrew I. MacFadyen, Weiqun Zhang

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Numerical studies of afterglow jets reveal significant qualitative differences with simplified analytical models. We present an on‐line library of synthetic afterglow light curves and broadband spectra for use in interpreting observational data. Light curves have been calculated for various physics settings such as explosion energy and circumburst structure, as well as differing jet parameters and observer angle and redshift. Calculations gave been done for observer frequencies ranging from low radio to X‐ray and for observer times from hours to decades after the burst. The light curves have been calculated from high‐resolution 2D hydrodynamical simulations performed with the RAM adaptive‐mesh refinement code and a detailed synchrotron radiation code.

The library will contain both generic afterglow simulations as well as specific case studies and will be freely accessible at The synthetic light curves can be used as a check on the accuracy of physical parameters derived from analytical model fits to afterglow data, to quantitatively explore the consequences of varying parameters such as observer angle and for accurate predictions of future telescope data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationGamma Ray Bursts, 2010
EditorsJ.~E. McEnery, J.~L. Racusin, N. Gehrels
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameAmerican Institute of Physics Conference Series


  • redshift, gamma-ray sources (astronomical), astrophysical jets, synchrotron radiation, Distances redshifts radial velocities, spatial distribution of galaxies, gamma-ray sources, gamma-ray bursts, Jets and bursts, galactic winds and fountains, Synchrotron radiation


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