GRB 170817A and the long-term aftermath of neutron star mergers

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GW170817 / GRB 170817A has had a huge impact on our understanding of gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglows, and has prompted a huge sustained effort at modeling the details of the geometry and emission from GRB jets. While no additional electro-magnetic counterparts have been detected to gravitational wave emission from neutron star mergers so far, it is certainly reasonable to expect further detections in the future. Whether these will be very similar in nature to GRB 170817A or instead will provide us with samplings of afterglow model parameters across a wide parameter space remains an open question. In this presentation I will survey some of the work done by the various active groups worldwide in theoretical modeling and understanding afterglows post 170817A.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings IAU Symposium No 363
PublisherInternational Astronomical Union
Publication statusAcceptance date - 23 Jun 2022

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The author acknowledges funding from AHEAD2020.


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