GRB 130427A: A Nearby Ordinary Monster

A. Maselli, A. Melandri, L. Nava, C. G. Mundell, N. Kawai, S. Campana, S. Covino, J. R. Cummings, G. Cusumano, P. A. Evans, G. Ghirlanda, G. Ghisellini, C. Guidorzi, S. Kobayashi, P. Kuin, V. La Parola, V. Mangano, S. Oates, T. Sakamoto, M. SerinoF. Virgili, B.- B. Zhang, S. Barthelmy, A. Beardmore, M. G. Bernardini, D. Bersier, D. Burrows, G. Calderone, M. Capalbi, J. Chiang, P. D'avanzo, V. D'elia, M. De Pasquale, D. Fugazza, N. Gehrels, A. Gomboc, R. Harrison, H. Hanayama, J. Japelj, J. Kennea, D. Kopac, C. Kouveliotou, D. Kuroda, A. Levan, D. Malesani, F. Marshall, J. Nousek, P. O'brien, J. P. Osborne, C. Pagani, K. L. Page, M. Page, M. Perri, T. Pritchard, P. Romano, Y. Saito, B. Sbarufatti, R. Salvaterra, I. Steele, N. Tanvir, G. Vianello, B. Wiegand, K. Wiersema, Y. Yatsu, T. Yoshii, G. Tagliaferri

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Long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are an extremely rare outcome of the collapse of massive stars and are typically found in the distant universe. Because of its intrinsic luminosity (L ∼ 3 × 1053 ergs per second) and its relative proximity (z = 0.34), GRB 130427A reached the highest fluence observed in the γ-ray band. Here, we present a comprehensive multiwavelength view of GRB 130427A with Swift, the 2-meter Liverpool and Faulkes telescopes, and by other ground-based facilities, highlighting the evolution of the burst emission from the prompt to the afterglow phase. The properties of GRB 130427A are similar to those of the most luminous, high-redshift GRBs, suggesting that a common central engine is responsible for producing GRBs in both the contemporary and the early universe and over the full range of GRB isotropic energies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
Issue number6166
Early online date21 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2014


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