A.J. van der Horst
- GRB 030329: 3 years of radio afterglow monitoring
- Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Radio observations of gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglows are essential for our understanding of the physics of relativistic blast waves, as they enable us to follow the evolution of GRB explosions much longer than the afterglows in any other wave band. We have performed a three-year monitoring campaign of GRB 030329 with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescopes (WSRT) and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Our observations, combined with observations at other wavelengths, have allowed us to determine the GRB blast wave physical parameters, such as the total burst energy and the ambient medium density, as well as investigate the jet nature of the relativistic outflow. Further, by modeling the late-time radio light curve of GRB 030329, we predict that the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR, 30-240 MHz) will be able to observe afterglows of similar GRBs, and constrain the physics of the blast wave during its non-relativistic phase.
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- DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2006.1993; eprintid: arXiv:0706.1323
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