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Galaxies 2017, 5(1), 6; doi:10.3390/galaxies5010006

Challenging the Forward Shock Model with the 80 Ms Follow up of the X-ray Afterglow of Gamma-Ray Burst 130427A

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory (University College London), Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking RH5 6NT, UK
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Istituto Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica Palermo (INAF), Palermo, Via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
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Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
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Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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Instituto de Astrofísica, Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, 7820436 Macul, Santiago, Chile
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Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, 7820436 Macul, Santiago, Chile
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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4002, USA
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Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology, Science Institute, University of Iceland, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department of Physics and Mathematics University of Virgin Islands, 2 John Brewer’s Bay, St Thomas, VI 00802, USA
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Etelman Observatory, University of Virgin Islands, St Thomas, VI 00802, USA
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Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institutet, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
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Istituto Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Bologna (INAF), Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
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Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Via F. Del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
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CNRS-ARTEMIS, Boulevard de l’Observatoire, CS 34229, 06304 Nice CEDEX 4, France
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Department of Physics, University of Urbino, V. S. Chiara 27, 61029 Urbino, Italy
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Academic Editor: Emilio Elizalde
Received: 31 August 2016 / Revised: 13 December 2016 / Accepted: 26 December 2016 / Published: 16 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gamma-Ray Bursts: Recent Theoretical Models and Observations)
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Abstract

GRB 130427A was the most luminous gamma-ray burst detected in the last 30 years. With an isotropic energy output of 8.5 × 10 53 erg and redshift of 0.34, it combined very high energetics with a relative proximity to Earth in an unprecedented way. Sensitive X-ray observatories such as XMM-Newton and Chandra have detected the afterglow of this event for a record-breaking baseline longer than 80 million seconds. The light curve displays a simple power-law over more than three decades in time. In this presentation, we explore the consequences of this result for a few models put forward so far to interpret GRB 130427A, and more in general the implication of this outcome in the context of the standard forward shock model. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gamma-ray bursts; X-ray afterglows; GRB modeling Gamma-ray bursts; X-ray afterglows; GRB modeling
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De Pasquale, M.; Page, M.; Kann, D.A.; Oates, S.R.; Schulze, S.; Zhang, B.; Cano, Z.; Gendre, B.; Malesani, D.; Rossi, A.; Gehrels, N.; Troja, E.; Piro, L.; Boër, M.; Stratta, G. Challenging the Forward Shock Model with the 80 Ms Follow up of the X-ray Afterglow of Gamma-Ray Burst 130427A. Galaxies 2017, 5, 6.

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