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Cosmic gamma ray bursts (GRBs) have fascinated scientists and the public alike since their discovery in the late 1960s. Their story is told here by some of the scientists who participated in their discovery and, after many decades of false starts, solved the problem of their origin. Fourteen chapters by active researchers in the field present a detailed history of the discovery, a comprehensive theoretical description of GRB central engine and emission models, a discussion of GRB host galaxies and a guide to how GRBs can be used as cosmological tools. Observations are grouped into three sets from the satellites CGRO, BeppoSAX and Swift, and followed by a discussion of multi-wavelength observations. This is the first edited volume on GRB astrophysics that presents a fully comprehensive review of the subject. Utilizing the latest research, Gamma Ray Bursts is an essential desktop companion for graduate students and researchers in astrophysics.
Table of Contents
The discovery of the gamma-ray burst phenomenon
The BATSE era
The cosmological era
The Swift era
Discoveries enabled by multi-wavelength afterglow observations of gamma-ray bursts
Prompt emission from gamma-ray bursts
Basic gamma-ray burst afterglows
The GRB-supernova connection
Models for gamma-ray burst progenitors and central engines
Jets and gamma-ray burst unification schemes
High-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos
Long gamma-ray burst host galaxies and their environments
Gamma-ray burst cosmology
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