- Energy injection in short GRBs and the role of magnetars
- Proceedings of science
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
A significant fraction of the Long Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs) in the Swift sample show a plateau phase which may be due to ongoing energy injection. We find many Short GRBs detected by the Swift satellite show similar behavior. The remnant of NS-NS mergers may not collapse immediately to a BH (or even collapse at all) forming instead a magnetar. This model predicts that there would be a plateau phase in the X-ray lightcurve followed by a shallow decay phase, if it is a stable magnetar, or a steep decay if the magnetar collapses to a BH. By fitting this model to all of the Short GRB BAT-XRT lightcurves, we find that a significant fraction may show evidence of energy injection by a magnetar. This model can be tested using the next generations of gravitational wave observatories.
- Proceedings title: Gamma-Ray Bursts 2012 Conference: GRB 2012, May 7-11, 2012, Munich, Germany
Place of publication: Trieste
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